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Cingular Gets its Antennas; In Reversal, Board Approves Variance

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 25 Jun 2006 09:51:49 -0400

Cingular gets its antennas In a reversal, board approves variance

By Dan Tuohy, Globe Correspondent |

Cingular is getting a cool reception on Chestnut Street.

But after more than a year of wrangling, the giant wireless company
can install the antennas it wants in North Andover.

The Zoning Board of Appeals last week approved a variance to allow
six antennas to be added to an existing 152-foot tower in the
neighborhood, a move aimed at improving cell phone coverage.

The board opposed the request last year and the company appealed the
decision in federal court. Last week's unanimous approval, given
without public discussion as abutting property owners groaned in the
audience, settled the federal litigation. The Planning Board, the
town's permitting agency , previously approved a special permit for
the 300 Chestnut St. site, pending the zoning board's reconsideration
of the application.

Before zoning board chairwoman Ellen P. McIntyre could move to other
business at the meeting, Robert Holmes of 396 Chestnut St. cried out
that the additional antennas could create a harmful environment for
nearby families because of radio-frequency radiation. Neighbors also
said the resolution shows that companies can run roughshod over local
government, despite existing zoning bylaws on cell tower sites.

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