Fri. 10:56 a.m.: HomeGoods withdraws zoning request

LORDSTOWN – HomeGoods has decided to take back its request to change zoning on several pieces of property where it wanted to build a multimillion dollar distribution center and is “reconsidering our options” on the project.

The statement from HomeGoods spokeswoman Erika Tower today comes in advance of a meeting April 25, when the village’s planning and zoning commission was to consider a request to rezone 290 acres of residential property to industrial to make way for the center.

The property is near the Ohio Turnpike.

It also comes on the heels of a meeting Wednesday where residents presented alternative plans for the center.

“We have appreciated hearing from the Lordstown community over the past month and understand that a group of neighboring residents continue to have concerns about our HomeGoods distribution center project. At HomeGoods, having a strong relationship with our communities is important to us and a core part of who we are and how we do business. Given this, we are respectfully withdrawing our zoning application from the Lordstown Planning Board and are reconsidering our options for this distribution center project,” Tower said in the statement.

“We want to offer our most sincere thanks to the entire Lordstown community, especially those who provided their support for our project,” Tower said.