Lordstown group collects 1,050 signatures, plan more

LORDSTOWN — Members of a local group supporting returning the zoning of 290 acres of property that may be used for the TJX HomeGoods Distribution Center back to residential have collected 1,050 signatures as of Sunday.

Brett Dickson, a leader in the movement that opposed the zoning change of the properties, said additional signatures will be collected through this week and turned in to Trumbull County Board of Elections to get a referendum issue on the ballot for a special election in August.

The group needs 124 valid signatures for each of the seven ordinances passed by council required to get the referendum on the ballot.

Council had approved last month by a 3-2 vote the zoning of seven pieces of property be changed to industrial from residential to make way for a $1.2 million-square-foot HomeGoods center on Ellsworth Bailey Road.

Mayor Arno Hill will be joined by state representatives at a press conference today to give an update on the TJX project.