LORDSTOWN Couple drops zoning request

The original request was for land to be rezoned for industrial use.
LORDSTOWN -- A couple has decided to drop a request for a zoning change on property they own in the village.
Harvey and Dolly Lutz sent a letter to village council members rescinding the request to change zoning from residential to industrial on more than 100 acres on the northwest corner of Hallock-Young and Ellsworth-Bailey roads.
Citing the negative backlash from neighbors opposed to the change, they said they no longer wished to pursue the matter.
The original request asked that the land be rezoned from single-family residential to an industrial zone for manufacturing.
The land is not currently listed for sale, but the change would have made the parcel more attractive to potential developers.
No support
Several residents attended a village planning commission meeting earlier this month and spoke out against the request.
The commission ultimately decided not to back the change, but originally intended to forward the matter to council, as is standard procedure.
Since the Lutzes have withdrawn the request, council will not hear the matter.
Intier Automotive Seating of America had expressed some minor interest in the land but ultimately decided on a plot in the Lordstown Industrial Park.
The company will build a factory in the park to supply seats for the Chevrolet Cobalt, the newest car to be manufactured at the General Motors Lordstown Assembly Plant.