The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 11, 2001


Nextel, Sprint hope to share space on new AT&T tower

Abutters and interested citizens that turned out for the Board of Appeals’ May 3 hearing on Nextel’s application for siting a 100-foot cell tower at 1 River Road, instead heard Nextel ask for another month’s extension. As he did last month, Bill Proia of Nextel requested a continuance of the hearing, stating that they (Nextel) expect AT&T to file an application to locate a monopole at an alternate site in Carlisle “which may be preferable for the town.”

Proia said that the AT&T application is “imminent,” and that “the AT&T site fits squarely within [Carlisle’s rules for a] special permit.” The River Road site would require multiple variances. “In a month we will know where we stand on the AT&T Process,” he said.

The site for the proposed AT&T cell tower was not disclosed. However, last year AT&T proposed to build a wireless facility at 662 Bedford Road.

Board chair Terry Herndon reminded Proia and attorney Travis Corder of Brown Rudnick Freed & Gesmer, representing Sprint (that had planned to co-locate on a Nextel tower) that the Nextel River Road application cannot be extended indefinitely. However, reflecting the board’s feeling, member Hal Sauer said, “I would be pleased not to have to rule on a very difficult site.”

The board voted to continue the hearing at its next meeting, on Wednesday, June 6.



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