Residents fight plans for cell tower in the heart of Albuquerque

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- Most people own a cell phone, and with that, comes the want for better coverage. But would you want a cell tower in your backyard? Well that’s exactly what some residents who live off of Lomas are fighting.

Verizon wireless plans on dressing up a cell tower to look like the architecture around it, but that doesn’t affect the way those who live nearby, feel about the transmitter.

Verizon wants to attach the tower to an existing building on the corner of Lomas and 11th Street.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” said one Albuquerque resident.

A resident who lives on Orchard Street, just behind where the tower would be located, appealed the installation in August.

“The less phones the better,” said another Albuquerque resident.

The woman who appealed the tower claims it,”would create negative health impacts” and said it did not meet a specific zoning code required by wireless regulations.

People said they wouldn’t be too happy about it either.

“That sounds like a huge eyesore, and probably unnecessary,” said a man outside the Lowe’s on the corner near where the tower may be built.

A man heading to the bus stop on the corner of Lomas said, “New Mexico offers such beauty, and to put something in the middle of our downtown, or on the outskirts of downtown, is just absurd.”

The 25-foot tower will be attached to an existing building, and made to look like it’s part of the original architecture.

City Council heard public input on the appeal at Monday night’s meeting before they eventually took a vote. City Council decided they will be building the tower. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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