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Lordstown neighbors not pleased with proposed warehouse project

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LORDSTOWN, Ohio -

A development project being viewed as another big economic boom for Lordstown is not sitting well with some neighbors near the project site.

The property site is along Bailey Road south of the Ohio Turnpike. 

It's where the TJX companies and it's Homegoods brand want to invest $160 million in a distribution center. The company has purchase and sale agreements for 290 acres, pending appropriate approvals and zoning changes. The site also borders Hallock-Young Road, and neighbors to the west of the site are not pleased. 

"Me and the locals, we're trying to put the brakes on this project," said Bill DeCesare, who lives just west of the proposed site. 

He says the locals are concerned that the huge warehouse and heavy truck traffic will cause their property values to decline. "Massive truck movement 24 hours a day. They're saying 200 trucks a day," according to DeCesare.

The site would give the distribution center easy access to the Ohio Turnpike,  New York, and points east, Chicago and points west.

Other neighbors are worried about noise and potential bright lights at the complex. DeCesare says there are more suitable sites nearby. "The whole operation can be moved a little bit north and it won't hurt nobody," DeCesare said. 

He's referring to wooded land just north of the turnpike, which is already zoned industrial. AJX says with full approval it hopes to have the facility operating in 2020.

Mayor Arno Hill said that some of these concerns will be addressed on March 12 during a town hall meeting.

Hill explained that people would be shielded with different barriers at the site, truck traffic would not be in town and the amount of traffic in the area would still be half of what came through during GM's heyday.

Village officials and TJX representatives will outline all the details of the project Monday at the Lordstown administration building at 6:30 p.m. 
 

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