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Judge to rule today on Lordstown's TJX zoning

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Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos is expected to issue a ruling today on a permanent injunction being sought by Lordstown property owners to block construction of a TJX Home Goods distribution center in the village that supporters say will create hundreds of jobs.

Twenty four property owners are challenging as unconstitutional a house bill that allowed Lordstown village council to approve zone changes for the TJX project and to move up a special election on the issue.

The village argues that opponents waited too long to file their legal challenge, saying they should have acted when council voted for the zone changes. Instead they filed petitions for a referendum. 

The village also contends that the plaintiffs failed to show how they would suffer irreparable harm from the project, offering only speculation about noise, traffic, and flooding.

Homeowners say that there is no guarantee that TJX will follow through on commitments to address those concerns, including a more than 100-acre conservation buffer zone.

Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill said he believes those commitments were made in good faith and that they will be included in the final site plan. .

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