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Johnson City could get a new cell tower

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Johnson City could get a new cell tower
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A failed attempt at building a cell tower left one company looking for another location in Johnson City. Now a new proposal is on the table, this time with little controversy. Our Elyse Mickalonis tells us what's made the difference between the two plans, and the latest on where things stand.

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. -- It’s a proposal that could increase cell phone coverage for residents in Johnson City, and one that comes on the heels of controversy.

"There hasn’t been the same concern as we had with the Deyo Hill one...The other one was on municipal property. In the middle of a neighborhood in a residential area. This is more commercial,” said Greg Deemie, Johnson City Mayor.

On Monday the Johnson City Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special use permit and area variances for a cell tower that Capital Telecom wants to build on Reynolds Road. The structure would be 120 feet tall, behind the Warehouse Carpet Outlets store.

“It's lower than the other one that was proposed, the location is lower, not as visible from a lot of areas as the other one was,” said Daria Golazesski, Public Works for Code and Ordnances Deputy Commissioner.

The goal of the tower would provide better wireless telephone coverage through AT&T, in and around the area near the Oakdale Mall.

"It's supposed to increase coverage along the main corridor, along near the dome, that's if they colocate off the WSKG tower. It's supposed to help coverage with the middle school, high school and the Oakdale Mall,” said Deemie.

Despite the board's vote, not everyone is happy about the location.

“I’m worried about the life safety issues for my tenants, its’ an 88 unit complex also I’m concern about the right of quiet enjoyment, which the tenants always have in an apartment complex,” said Larry Sall, Mountain Shadow Apartments Owner.

The company will have to go through the village planning board for a site plan review...that could happen on February 26th.

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