New Cingular Wireless (AT&T) Small Cell Facilities and Towers

June 25, 2019 / Comments (0)

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We have posted about small cell towers popping up in Denver neighborhoods after reading and learning about these towers from this article from Denverite: https://denverite.com/2017/11/01/denver-cell-poles/

Our initial posts didn’t elicit much response, other than some folks looking forward to better reception but now we have one tower located in the right of way next to Christ Church United Methodist, adjacent to the light pole at the intersection of 7th & Colorado Blvd and this week, June 24, 2019, our Association received a second notice of plans to install two more small cell towers in our neighborhood from Public Works Engineering Regulatory & Analytics.

The locations are:

1)                  CHCRK_012; 4362 E 1st Ave; 30’

2)                  CHCRK_014; 4305 E 4th Ave; 30’

They appear to be on the north side of Graland, across from Cranmer Park, and the south side of Hill/Steck, across from Bellaire St.  At 30’ tall, they would not exceed the maximum allowable height of a house.  They would be located in the public right-of-way.

The public may enter written comment, and all comments are evaluated as to whether valid to placement of the encroachment at the specific proposed location.   General discontent or disapproval however is not considered as a valid denial, as all sites have been pre screened by Public Works as meeting placement rules before even being submitted for review. Please note that this project plan review opportunity is for BOTH a Utility Plan Review AND Encroachment Permit Review for proposed cellular antenna poles and associated wiring/ equipment within the Public Right of Way of the City and County of Denver.

The public may access the project files and submit review comments by selecting the corresponding project (2019-ENCROACHMENT-0000083) at the Denver Public Works E-Review Web Page.  The Review deadline is 5:00 pm on July 15, 2019 for these two new placements.

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As a addendum regarding these towers, why they are not co-located on utility poles and why there are no public hearings, a neighbor who is well versed in this industry shared the following information with our Assn last year when the matter of the small cell towers emerged:

“Regarding the cell towers, Xcel actually does have agreements with most of the carriers for “facility attachments”, but the problem with attaching directly to their poles in the city is that if they are wood or steel, they will not structurally hold the antennas and would have to be switched out for another pole. There is the issue of clearance from the electric wires that are on the Xcel poles. The antennas are required to be a specific distance from the wires on the poles and that generally means instead of getting 30-feet they would get 15 or 20. Of course this depends on the height of the tower, but the drive for the carriers is to provide more specific coverage at lower heights such as 30-40 feet. 

Maintenance can be an issue for the carriers, too, since Xcel doesn’t allow anyone to work on their poles. They would have to perform the maintenance for the carriers.   As far as public input, since these are stealth or more concealed towers sites that aren’t higher than 35-feet, it is an over the counter approval and there are no hearings or public meetings. Only the big ones have hearings anymore. The zoning regs would have to be changed.”

 

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