Cell phone towers in S. Cheektowaga proposed for town property

CHEEKTOWAGA – Residents in south Cheektowaga who oppose a cell phone tower at the Southline Athletic Association complex could soon be breathing a sigh of relief as alternative site plans have been submitted to the town for review.

Documents filed with the town and obtained by Cheektowaga Chronicle show that Up State Tower Co, LLC and Blue Wireless propose to build two separate 150′ cell phone towers; one on Transit Road behind Madeira Drive; and the other behind the facilities building at Stiglmeier Park on Losson Road.

A town source with knowledge of the project confirms that Up State Tower will build the towers on the town-owned land instead of their original plan of building a 135′ cell tower at the Southline Athletic Association complex.

Several residents protested this past February after the plan to construct the tower in a densely residential area around North Seine Drive was proposed.  Town officials then worked with their colleagues in state government to gain state permission to allow the construction of a cell tower on a 50’x50′ parcel behind the James J. Matecki Center on Losson Road.

Both projects call for the construction of a 150′ single pole structure.  Each will have nine panel antennas and three microwave antennas.  According to Blue Wireless documents, the towers will eliminate a coverage gap between Losson Road and Clinton Street.

Blue Wireless wishes to engage the town in a four-year lease agreement with nine, five-year renewal options at both properties.  Rental rates will be determined after the town approves the installation of the towers.

The plans were submitted to the town on December 11th and officials now have 150 days to review the application per Federal Communications Commission rules.  The Environmental Advisory Committee will meet on December 27th and the Planning Board will meet on January 11th.



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