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One Cingular Sensation

November 13, 2005

And speaking of cell phone towers (see Nextel’s lease agreement for two locations in Croton-on-Hudson), on Saturday, November 12, 2005, the Town of Cortlandt Planning Board required Platinium Auto Body on Route 129, located approximately 1/4 mile past Croton Dam Park, to erect a crane with a drop tape (see slide show), to demonstrate what a proposed 140-foot tower would look like on the business’ property.

The tower, under consideration, would be constructed by Cingular Wireless, and sited behind Platinium Auto Body, must also seek an exemption to the present zoning ordinance because the plans provide insufficient set back to bordering residential properties. Further, Louis Rinaldi, the applicant of the original site development plan for the property must also demonstrate that there are no other alternative or more appropriate locations for the communications tower.

At 10:00 AM, that Saturday morning, joined by representitives of the Town of Cortlandt Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), a group of approximately twenty neighboring residents gathered at the site to see a representation of the tower’s visual impact from their homes and Route 129. The residents who live in close proximity to the proposed tower are most concerned with the tower’s long term visual impact and how it relates to local watershed issues.

The ZBA will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 7:00 PM at the Town of Cortlandt Town Hall to further discuss its findings in an open forum.


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