Irvington resident writes City officials asking for clarity on status of cell tower proposal
The following is a summary of what has transpired regarding the proposed cell phone/wimax tower to be located between 23rd and 24th street on NE Stanton Street indicating that the city has not been following its own procedures regarding placement of a cell phone/wimax tower in a residential neighborhood.
The neighbors were initially informed of the incorrect date for the required community meeting. A second notice was sent out with a misleading reference to the pole location, leaving some neighbors with the impression that the pole was going to be installed on the much busier 24th street.
Sometime in June, a meeting was held at which time the neighbors were informed that Clearwire intended to utilize a large underground vault rather than an above ground box. No information was provided as to exact location or design of the proposed vault.
On about August 13, 2010, soil samples were taken not far from the proposed antenna location. I called the OCFM and was told by Melvin Riddick that the pole application had been approved on August 5th. When I asked how that could have occurred since we had received no plans or pictures of the proposed vault, Mr. Riddick informed me that OCFM had received plans for the vault and had approved them along with the pole. He then sent me an email attachment with the vault plans, but no photorealism pictures. There was no photo simulation so that the neighbors could see what the proposed vault would look like, what materials would be used, or how it would operate.Read more...
Irvington and Alameda Neighborhoods grappling with proposal for 90-foot cell tower at NE 23rd and Stanton
Irvington and Alameda Neighborhood residents living within 400 feet of a proposed 90-foot Clearwire cell tower on NE Stanton near 23rd Avenue recently received notice of the proposal. The initial notice carried incorrect information about the proposal, and confusion still abounds about the details of the proposal. With only two weeks to research the issue, neighbors are scrambling to get up to speed on what the presence of a 90-foot cell tower would mean to the neighborhood, and whether it would makes sense in this historic enclave.