Tension high at tonight's Lordstown meeting on distribution center
Tension between a group of about 100 concerned residents and Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill was strong during a private meeting about TJX Companies’ plan to bring a distribution center to the village.
“You are dutily sworn to protect the residents and the community of Lordstown, and I don’t know about anybody else in this room, but I get the impression that you are more concerned about protecting TJX than you are the people in this room,” said Kathy Dickson of the Lordstown Concerned Residents group.
The room erupted with applause.
“I feel I have represented the people,” Hill said in response. “I am not going to make everyone happy no matter what I do.”
The group had a private, invitation-only meeting Wednesday night at the Lordstown Administration Center’s Community Room, to discuss viable industrial properties where a 1.2-million-square-foot HomeGoods warehouse/distribution center could be built. Currently, HomeGoods, which is a part of TJX Companies, wants to build the center on 290 acres of land on Ellsworth-Bailey Road that are all zoned residential.
All of the land is up to be rezoned from residential to industrial for the project and residents nearby are concerned about the taking of residential land when they say there’s industrial property that could be used. People have expressed concern about the project since its public unveiling in March. Residents have a list of concerns from affect on their property values to flooding and the impact on the local environment.
Read more about the meeting in Thursday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.