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Lordstown Village Council holds first reading on TJX

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The Lordstown Village Council held a public hearing on Saturday to continue the process of moving a TJX Distribution Center to Lordstown. 

The 11 a.m. hearing took public comments on a request to rezone or reclassify seven parcels of land, totaling 290 acres zoned residential to industrial.

Andrew Mastrangelo, manager of media relations for TJX, told 21 News, “We are pleased with the progress being made in this process and are grateful to the council for taking the time to consider our proposal.”

The company executives also tried to address fears the local fire department would be overwhelmed with fighting a structure fire at the proposed facility. 

The vice president assured people the facility will have the best and latest fire suppression systems available needed to ensure $300 million worth of merchandise.

Vice President of real estate for TJX HomeGoods, Mark Walker said, "I can tell you it's a very very complicated very state of the art system they will be employing here. It goes beyond anything that was built 30 or 40 years ago."

Monday at 6 p.m. a second reading is scheduled.

Thursday a special meeting is set for a third reading and a vote at 6 p.m.

If the board votes in favor of the zoning request,  people opposed have 30 days to get enough signatures to place the issue before voters on a special election ballot.

If not, then the door would be opened for TJX HomeGoods to continue its plans for a distribution center. 

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