Friday, February 16, 2007
Omnipoint seeks wireless facilities on Lowell and Westford Streets
The Planning Board heard two requests at their February 12 meeting for special permits to construct wireless communications facilities — in one case equipment would be hidden within a barn while in the second case an 80-foot monopole cell tower would be built.
886 Lowell Street
Attorney Brian Grossman, an associate at Prince, Lobel, Glovsky and Tye, submitted the special permit application for Omnipoint Communications, Inc. The proposed new wireless communications facility will be located within the existing barn and its cupola at 886 Lowell Street (Map 33, Lot 7), owned by Thomas and Tamara Erikson. As part of the application, Grossman requested waivers of zoning bylaw requirements that such a facility not be within 900-feet "to the structure of an existing residence" or to a structure "eligible to be listed on the State or Federal Register of Historic Places." On the existing cupola, wood panels will be replaced by fiberglass panels textured and painted to look like wood.
Pending a peer review by the board's consultant of the propagation and coverage analyses submitted as part of the application, the public hearing will be continued at 7:45 p.m. on March 12.
1022 Westford Street
Attorney Grossman submitted the special permit application for Omnipoint Communications, Inc. The proposed new wireless communications facility will consist of an 80-foot tall stealth monopole with three internal antennae at 1022 Westford Street (Map 18, Lot 42A) owned by Lawrence A. Sorli. Ancillary equipment will be in a fenced enclosure adjacent to the monopole in back of the existing barns as viewed from Westford Street. Grossman requested a waiver of the zoning bylaw 900-foot requirement since there are several residences within that dimension.
The board expressed interest in the possibility of the applicant installing a 90-foot monopole instead of the proposed 80-foot. The intent would be to broaden coverage and thereby reduce the likelihood of future need for additional facilities in the area. Omnipoint will consider the option and the board will request their consultant, David Maxson (Broadcast Signal Labs), to provide them with equivalent information.
The board requested a visibility demonstration and Grossman agreed to arrange a balloon demonstration from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 24. March 3 is an alternative date depending on weather. Several tethered and attended red balloons will be in place at the proposed monopole site. The highest will be at the 90-foot height and the next at 80 feet.
The public hearing will be continued at 8 p.m. on March 12.
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