Verizon Withdraws Controvertial Cell Tower Proposal

Española  Planning Commission meeting on May 14, 2015. VDP image

Verizon Withdraws Controvertial Cell Tower Proposal

ESPAÑOLA  – The Española  Planning Commission met Thursday evening to take up four items for consideration, including a twice delayed request from Verizon Wireless to build a large cellphone tower at 220 Old School Road.

The hearing never happened however because on April 27 Verizon Wireless informed the city that they were formally withdrawing the application for a tower at that site. An email from Carl Taskes of Wireless Resources, a siting company for Verizon cited “the results of an archaeological study of the property” as the reason for this withdrawal. He also said that Verizon would pursue alternative locations in the city for a cell tower.

The hearing for this proposed tower had been previously delayed (see previous article HERE)  and has drawn opposition from some residents in the proposed area. The tower proposal was also was cited as an issue in the resignation of the City’s former Planning Director, Russell Narranjo who owns the property of the proposed tower.

Also Thursday the City heard a special use permit application from another Verizon Wireless siting company for the installation of a wireless communications antenna on a building near Lowes and Wal-Mart.

In addition the city Planning Commission gave approval for building plans of a new restaurant at 1408 N. Riverside. Construction of a Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is scheduled to begin this summer at that location.

Freddy’s location in Albuquerque. Courtesy image