NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 4, 2012 –
An 80-foot cell phone tower near Tower Mart in Southport may be approved by the planning commission Thursday night. The tower could be in the shape of a faux water tower instead of a faux tree.
The Vista Towers facility proposes to serve Verizon, AT&T, MetroPCS and Clearwire (wireless Internet) at 3200 Jefferson Blvd., on the west side of the street south of Linden Road. The tower would go 156 feet from a nearby residential property line and some homes.
The city planning commission approved the project in December by a 4-3 vote, requiring the proponents to return to the commission with some design alternatives to the original “monopole pine” design for the tower.
City staff believes the 80-foot “pine” would look better than the older-generation tree-style cell tower already on Linden Road, but that it would not blend well with surrounding shorter trees and structures.
They recommend the water tower design because it would conceal the antennas and “has the best chance (of the proposed designs) of becoming an icon in the community.”
A “windmill” design was also offered.
The commission will discuss the tower as part of its meeting April 5 at 6 p.m. at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.
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