Tue. 9 p.m.: Judge to rule on TJX injunction Friday

WARREN – A ruling on whether to allow a permanent injunction on the law that allowed Lordstown to vote on the zone changes needed to allow TJX Companies Inc. to build a HomeGoods distribution center is expected to be decided Friday, according to Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos.

Kontos will determine whether to issue the injunction based on approximately three-and-a-half hours of testimony presented today.

Attorney David S. Nichols, representing Lordstown Concerned Residents, argued that two sections of HB 292 were unconstitutional because they violated the state’s one-subject rule and its uniformity law.

Zone change opponents also argued property owners surrounding the proposed center would be irreparably harmed because of lost property value, possible flooding on their properties and increased traffic and noise problems if the project is allowed to move forward.

Attorneys representing the village and the state of Ohio argued the zone change critics failed to submit a court challenge in time because it should have been filed immediately after village council voted 3-2 in favor of the zone changes in June.

Read more in Wednesday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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