City looks to plant cell pole in Washington Park
City officials are set to approve a plan to plant a 90-foot cell phone “monopole” and two one-story equipment shelters in the heart of Washington Park. The item is on the agenda for the city’s Zoning Administrator, who’ll be in City Hall Conference Room 360 at 3 p.m. today.
In arguing for the approval, city staff says the equipment will improve cell coverage and emergency communications across the Island, and that placing it in the park avoids putting it in a residential neighborhood.
A pair of park neighbors submitted a letter asking city officials to say no to the plan, saying it will create blight in their historic neighborhood. They said the city should instead encourage telecom companies to erect rooftop towers in the city’s commercial areas.
“Alameda residents need reliable cell phone coverage, but this does not mean we need to compromise our City aesthetics,” Douglas Kolen and Kathleen Boyle, who live in the historic Burbank/Portola neighborhood next to the park, wrote.
The equipment, which includes the pole and equipment shelters that are 160 square feet and 1,001 square feet, would sit near the park’s baseball diamond (the pole would be next to the 90′ poles that support the netting behind the diamond). The staff report doesn’t say how much applicant Trillium Telecom, would pay the city for the right to site the equipment on the telecom’s property.