SF residents outraged over cell tower proposal

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Residents are outraged over a proposed cell phone tower in Santa Fe. The 64-foot tower would sit right behind the Burger King, in the place of a dumpster, at St. Francis and West Alameda.

“They’re going to see it every time they come to school, they’re going to see it when they’re on the playground and they’re going to see it around their neighborhood. It’s just a big ugly thing to them.” said parent George Kaschner.

Yet, more important than the eyesore to this historic district is the danger neighbors say it poses. In this drought, they’re worried a fire could start in the arroyo, right next to the proposed tower or that the tower could spark a fire and ignite the gas tanks less than 10 feet away.

Other near-by neighbors say they’re concerned property taxes will go up with the new tower.

Residents are also concerned, this 100 year flood plain could flood and knock the tower down into traffic or the school. To complicate matters, neighbors say part of the 2012 Middle Class Tax Relief and Jobs Creation Act means the tower could grow and the city can’t do a thing to stop it.

“If this tower were to go up from 64 feet, the proposed height, to 84 feet or 104 feet, that would really change the look of the landscape and the city would have no authority whatsoever,” says Electronic Silent Spring Author Katie Singer.

AT&T’s lawyer says they’ve looked at alternatives and this is their best bet. They say they’re ready to address concerns at the public hearing on Tuesday at 5:30 in the council chambers.

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