By Charly SHELTON
AT&T, one of the big four cell carriers, has proposed a site for a new cell tower – Dunsmore Park. Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 15, the planning commission for the City of Glendale will hold a public hearing to gather public comments regarding the issue.
According to a public notice from the City of Glendale Planning Commission (below), Jerry Ambrose of the Eukon Group, on behalf of AT&T Mobility, has submitted a formal application for a wireless telecommunications facilities permit “to install and operate an unmanned wireless telecommunications facility with antennas and equipment at the southeast corner of Dunsmore Park. The proposed facility would consist of a 60-foot high support structure disguised as a pine tree with 12, eight-foot antennas, split within three sectors, four antennas per sector; 24 RRUs, and an 11-foot by 21-foot ancillary equipment /generator building within an approximate 600 square foot leased/fenced premise.”
The nearest cellphone tower site for AT&T and Verizon is about a mile away in Tujunga, said Ryan Minniear, director of Public Affairs for AT&T. This new tower will be the first in La Crescenta for any of the major cellular companies.
“The proposed site at 4700 Dunsmore Ave. was selected to fill a significant gap in existing coverage,” Minniear said, “and to provide greater coverage in the City of Glendale for our customers. The proposed site will improve customer wireless call quality and reliability, including emergency 911 calls.”
The proposed cell tower has been met with some resistance from members of the community. Any concerned parties who may wish to voice their opinion for or against the cell tower are invited to speak at the public hearing in Room 105 of the Municipal Services Building, 633 E. Broadway, Glendale, this Wednesday, June 15 at 5 p.m.