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Proposed AT&T Telecommunications Tower

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Location

The subject property is located just off of Great Seneca Highway a bit north of Upshire Circle.

Proposed Telecommunications Tower

AT&T is proposing to place a cell tower and associated structure just off of Great Seneca Highway a bit north of Upshire Circle. The Mayor & City Council held a discussion at their July 8, 2019 Work Session to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed plans. Based on feedback from the meeting, AT&T modified the location of the proposed tower as shown in the top photo. 

Updates

February 3, 2020

A Public Discussion on the proposed AT&T cell tower of off Great Seneca Highway will be held on Monday, February 3, 2020 in the Council Chambers at City Hall (31 South Summit Avenue). AT&T representatives will be bringing back their proposal in which the tower has been moved further north and slightly east of the original location. Detailed location information can be found in the Aerial Locations file.  

October 9, 2019

Following a meeting with staff, AT&T has modified the location of the proposed tower, moving the tower 304.5 feet north and 25.5 feet east of the location originally proposed (further away from nearby residences). AT&T will be conducting a visual impact test in which they will raise a balloon to the height of the proposed monopole – 160 ft. The test is scheduled for October 9, 2019 from noon until 7 p.m. Should the test be canceled due to weather conditions, the balloon test will be conducted on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from noon until 7 p.m.  A letter was sent by AT&T to residents in the surrounding area announcing the test. The letter stated in error that the property on which the test was to be conducted was owned by AT&T.  This property is owned by the City of Gaithersburg.

July 8, 2019

Following the public discussion held during the July 8, 2019 Work Session, the Mayor & City Council declined to support the AT&T cell tower proposed to be located off of Great Seneca Highway. In denying the request, they cited the lack of information showing a real need for the tower at the proposed location, the absence of analyses of alternate locations, and the visual impact the tower would have on nearby neighborhoods. However, the Mayor & City Council did support staff in continuing to work with AT&T to find a more suitable location to bring back to the Mayor & Council at a public meeting.