This just in from Bloomfield councilman Nick Joanow, and No Broad Street Cell Tower: T-Mobile has withdrawn its application to erect a cell phone tower on Broad Street.
Joanow forwarded this email to his supporters. It was originally sent from the No Broad Street Cell Tower Group.
Mr. Pryor, T-Mobile Lawyer has notified the Bloomfield Zoning Board that they have withdrawn their application without prejudice. Enclosed is the letter submitted to the Bloomfield Zoning Board.
The Bloomfield Zoning Board is holding a special meeting on Thursday October 20, 2011 at 7:00pm Bloomfield Town Hall – 2nd Floor to discuss the cell tower. Please join us at this meeting!
Thank you all for your continued support on fighting the T-Mobile Cell Tower at the Brookside Garden Center.
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Read the letter from T-Mobile here.
T-Mobile’s attorney’s letter asked that the application be withdrawn “without prejudice,” meaning that T-Mobile could come back at a future date with the same application.
The controversial proposal, which had been strongly opposed by nearby residents, would have resulted in a 120-foot monopole being constructed at a busy corner surrounded by residences and other businesses.
Many residents attended every Zoning Board meeting pertaining to the application, and questioned T-Mobile’s witnesses about specific concerns. These included the possibility of underground oil storage tanks and contamination on the grounds of the property, which once was a gas station; the effects of the frequent flooding of the Third River; the possibility of ice forming on the pole in the winter and falling on pedestrians below; and the danger imposed by the possible fall zone around the monopole. They also questioned whether there were other more suitable locations to place the structure.
The Zoning Board will vote on the dismissal of the application at a special meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, in the Bloomfield Council Chambers. T-Mobile’s attorney is not expected to appear in person, given that the application is being withdrawn. The public will be allowed to speak and ask questions about the procedural aspects of the application prior to the vote, but not about the merits of the application itself.