Bustleton civic group to weigh proposal for cell tower

Mem­bers of the Great­er Bustleton Civic League will con­sider a cel­lu­lar tower pro­pos­al at their meet­ing next Wed­nes­day, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m., at Temple Beth Ami on Old Bustleton Av­en­ue.

Ve­r­i­zon wants to put some mo­bile phone net­work equip­ment on an ex­ist­ing tower owned by PECO, said John McK­eever, the civic league’s pres­id­ent. The tower is along a freight line that can be seen from the street. The ad­dress is 1998 Red Li­on Road (rear).

McK­eever said Ve­r­i­zon wants the com­munity’s sup­port be­cause it must get a zon­ing vari­ance to in­stall cel­lu­lar equip­ment with­in 500 feet of res­id­ences. McK­eever said there are apart­ment build­ings that are less than 500 feet from the tower.

Ve­r­i­zon had been set to go be­fore the city’s Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment on Dec. 20, McK­eever said, but the league will ask for a con­tinu­ance to a date after the group’s Jan. 25 meet­ing.

The league’s Dec. 14 ses­sion will be its last at Temple Beth Ami, 9201 Old Bustleton Ave. Mem­bers will be­gin meet­ing at the Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on on Red Li­on Road in Janu­ary. ••

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