Sunday, October 23, 2016

Eagle Rock and Echo Park cell phone towers seek to bust through height limits

Verizon is seeking to install cell towers on the roof of a senior apartment building | Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council

Rendering of cell antenna enclosures on Eagle Rock building | Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council

Verizon is seeking city permission to install cell towers atop buildings in Eagle Rock and Echo Park that would exceed height limits.

In Eagle Rock, Verizon wants to install wireless antennas and enclosures atop a multi-story senior apartment complex at 2035 Colorado Boulevard. The new equipment and enclosures would raise the height of the building to 75 feet, which is 20 feet higher than allowed for structures on this section of Colorado and about 15 fee higher for this specific property, according to information from the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council.

The Eagle Rock council is asking the Planning Department to postpone a Sept. 29 public hearing on the project because of what is described as “inaccurate hearing notice, and the lack of public notice,” according to a recent neighborhood council email.

Meanwhile, in Echo Park, Verizon is planning to build cell phone antennas, a microwave dish and enclosures atop a four-story apartment building at 1650 Echo Park Avenue, which is already one of the tallest structures on the street. The equipment would be hidden behind an eight-foot tall screened wall that would bring the building height to 59-feet, 6-inches, according to a Planning Department summary.  That’s nearly 15 feet taller than the area’s 45-foot building limit, but some residents have pointed out that portions of the apartment building, constructed in the 1920s, already exceed the height restrictions.

A public hearing on the Echo Park cell tower is scheduled for Oct. 1.

Verizon wants to install cell towers and equipment atop 1650 Echo Park Avenue

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  1. Possibly no more disconnected calls up in these EP hills? Sounds nice.

  2. That building on Colorado is one of the most horrendous structures in all of Eagle Rock. Cel tower will make it even worse.

    • I went to the hearings before they built that eyesore. The govt does not care what the residents want. They built it anyway. It is subsidized housing so they won’t care what the residents of the building or the surrounding area think. They will built it anyway. The business on the bottom and housing on the top does not work. Furthermore, there is no parking in Eagle Rock. They must charge people parking because they take up parking on the street decreasing for the homeowners that live there.

  3. That building is a crock. The ground floor, which is supposed to contain businesses, only has a sleepy pharmacy. It’s not clear that there are many actual tenants. The last ditch to raise money is now…cell phone towers? I’m puzzled how this can be profitable, excepting some kind of tax credit scheme.

    • He gets enormous sums in rent from the seniors who live there and doesn’t seem to need the income that retail at the ground level would bring in. Is there even a real pharmacy there, or did they forget to take the sign down? I think it’s the latter. An atrocity all around.

  4. I hope it looks like a pine tree.

  5. 35-year Echo Park resident

    The cell towers on 1650 Echo Park Avenue might be an eyesore, not for pedestrians on Echo Park Avenue, but for residents of the new, tall small-lot homes on Morton, who have roof top decks.

  6. If the people of Eagle Rock were unable to prevent this orange monstrosity from being built despite being in violation of the Colorado Blvd. Specific Plan how can they expect to have their objections to these cell towers be heard? From what I’ve read the woman in the city planning department who is responsible for overseeing and enforcing the specific plan doesn’t either understand or respect the specific plan guidelines enough to make sure developers work within the guidelines. Frankly it seems more than kind of fishy that she would try to sneak this by the community by sidestepping the proper step of a public hearing.

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