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Cell tower won't be built in Greenfield residential neighborhood

AT&T withdraws request

Nov. 27, 2013

AT&T has withdrawn its request to place a controversial cell tower in the midst of a Greenfield residential neighborhood.

Greenfield officials were concerned about the impact of the more than 70-foot tower on surrounding homes. Neighborhood unrest appeared to be stirring as the proposed tower started the city approval process this month.

The Greenfield Plan Commission called for more information about the fall zone of the tower. It also notified AT&T, which was working through a tower search company, Creospan Inc., that the city wanted to do an independent verification of fall zone calculations that AT&T would have to pay for it.

City staff expressed serious doubts that the fall zone would comply with city safety codes.

No reason was given as to why the tower request was withdrawn.

Greenfield doesn't allow cell towers in residential neighborhoods, but this one would have been on property of a neighborhood tavern that has the commercial zoning needed for cell towers. AT&T officials said they wanted a tower there because the area is either a dead zone or its customers get very weak signals.

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