Group will head to court to stop construction of Warren County truck stop

LEBANON, Ohio - A group that wants to stop the construction of a new truck stop in Warren County is now taking their fight to court.

The group Citizens for Responsible Development is appealing the decision to go ahead with the project.

County commissioners approved the plan for a Pilot Flying J Trucking Plaza along Interstate 71 at exit 32 in Lebanon in February.

The group of objecting residents said it hopes to find a legal justification to stop the construction because it believes having a truck stop in the area would deter future business expansion in the area.

"People have talked about wanting that to be the gateway to Lebanon. Well we don't want a truck stop to be the gateway to Lebanon. There are better places, you know. Truck stops are needed. Right up the highway there is another exit that would be much more beneficial," Lebanon resident Tony Collins told 9 On Your Side in January.

Some people who live near the proposed construction site say they oppose the truck stop because they believe it will bring problems to the area, including "noise and prostitutes," which they say will negatively affect property values.

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