Economic Development

Trumbull Commissioners OK Tax Break for TJX

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – TJX Companies Inc.’s proposed $170 million regional distribution center here moved closer to reality Wednesday with approval of a 10-year, 75% tax abatement for the project.

The Trumbull County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to provide the tax abatement for the proposed 1.2-million-square-foot warehouse, according to Sarah Boyarko, chief operating officer of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. Lordstown Village Council approved the tax break in January.

“All the commissioners are really excited about this project and they have been supportive through this process from the beginning,” said Boyarko, who has worked with TJX for about three years.

Approval of the abatement for the prospective employer came on the same day as the village – and the Mahoning Valley – lost its largest manufacturing employer, as the final Chevrolet Cruze rolled off the line at the General Motors Lordstown Complex.

The TJX distribution center, which would service HomeGoods store chain, would create a total of 1,000 full-time jobs by Dec. 31, 2024, according to the company’s enterprise zone application.

The next step for the project is approval of the proposed site plan, which will go before the Lordstown planning commission Monday. “We are certainly pleased that we crossed another hurdle today and we look forward to Monday’s meeting in Lordstown,” Boyarko said.

Meanwhile, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is considering whether to hold a public hearing sought by a group of village residents. “I would imagine we would hear from them in the coming weeks,” Boyarko said.

A TJX spokesman declined to comment on the latest development.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.