Lawsuit filed against Ellsworth Twp. landowner

YOUNGSTOWN — A specially appointed deputy zoning inspector for Ellsworth Township is seeking an injunction to compel a landowner to cease alleged township zoning-law violations.

The township’s lawyer, Mark S. Finamore, filed the civil lawsuit Wednesday, seeking the injunction on behalf of the inspector, Michael P. Kurilla Jr.

The suit was filed against Basista Holdings LLC in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court and assigned to Judge James C. Evans.

It concerns an 18-acre undeveloped property on state Route 45 and a five-acre property at 5620 Gault Road, both owned by Basista, of which David J. Lewis is the registered agent.

Lewis and his wife, township Trustee Laura Lewis, live on the Gault Road property, which is Basista’s mailing address.

“My understanding is whatever violations were there have been remedied,” said the Lewises’ lawyer, Tim McGarry of Cleveland.

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