He said he has put about $10,000 in upgrading his landscaping and home, and he knows other neighbors who have done the same.
“So what I’m asking is that the cell tower put a little bit more of their money into making a tower that we could all like,” Bryan said. “We have to live with it everyday, we have to look out our backdoor and look at it. … All I’m asking for council to do is stick with the zoning that was intended to make the Beavercreek-area and neighborhood areas look better.”
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Although the council’s decision was not what many of the neighbors were hoping, Monica Donohoo, resident who co-signed on the appeal to the council, said she is glad they gave it their best shot.
“I never used to participate in these things either, but now I feel like I need to,” Donohoo said. “You don’t think something is right, you feel like you need to do something. I thought I couldn’t make a difference but after this process I realized can.”
At a BZA meeting in November, the board voted 3-1 to approve a variance for American Tower to rebuild. American Tower needed to get the BZA’s permission to rebuild the same lattice structure because the city’s ordinance now requires a monopole tower.
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Neighbors voiced their opinion that a monopole would look aesthetically much better than the previous structure.
American Tower said costs for constructing a monopole from scratch exceed $100,000, according to its project manager. The company also said a complete soil evaluation would be necessary, as a new foundation would be necessary for the monopole.
“American Tower’s insurance policy will cover only up to the value of the asset that was lost, resulting in a substantial out-of-pocket expense for American Tower in order to build a monopole as the asset lost was self-supporting,” according to a statement from American Tower.
When questioned by Vice Mayor Joanna Garcia, American Tower representative Greg Wagner said he did not think the community would be at a technological disadvantage with the lattice-style cell tower.
“I think it goes back to some of things that we’ve done as a city and some of the things the BZA has already allowed to stand. … They’ve allowed companies to go back to the old buildings under prior zoning and they’ve worked with them on these certain things. To me it’s keeping things in uniform with what we’ve done already.”