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Judge denies injunction to block TJX Lordstown project

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LORDSTOWN, Ohio -

The Village of Lordstown and TJX have won another round in the battle to bring a thousand job distribution center to the village.

A Trumbull county judge has denied a request for a permanent injunction to block the multi million dollar project.

After reviewing the evidence and the law, Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos issued a ruling denying the injunction sought by a group of Lordstown property owners. The plaintiffs were challenging a vote by Lordstown council that changed zoning at the project site to industrial, and House Bill 292 that moved up a special election on the zone changes. In his ruling, the judge said. 

"Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden and have not demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence that House Bill 292 in unconstitutional"  The judge noted that the property owners had filed their challenge only after voters overwhelmingly approved of the zone change by 76 percent. 

He said, "Plaintiffs were aware of the passage of H.B. 292 and took advantage of it's provision for an expedited special election"
Area legislators were on hand to congratulate Lordstown Mayor Arno HIll, who says he's sure that TJX will not ignore the concerns of those homeowners.

"I think they are going to be good neighbors, they're willing to work with the concerned citizens of Lordstown," said Hill.
The legislators say the ruling also lets other companies know that Trumbull county and northeast Ohio are open for business and development.

The property owners have 30 days to file an appeal if they so chose, but Congressman Tim Ryan feels the legal questions have been answered and it's time to move on.
"Here we've got a thousand jobs and a huge investment, let's just hope this is the last phase and we can start getting some shovels in the ground and get some people to work," Ryan said. 

Efforts to contact members of the concerned homeowners group for comment had not been successful at the time of this report. 
 

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