AT&T wins approval for cell phone tower in Northwest Baltimore

May 16, 2001|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

Over the objections of Northwest Baltimore residents, the city's zoning board yesterday unanimously approved constructing a 100-foot AT&T Wireless antenna at 3100 Clarks Lane.

The company plans to erect the tower - disguised as a flagpole - at an apartment complex on Clarks Lane just north of Fallstaff Road.

It is needed to fill a gap in the company's cell phone network and other services, AT&T Wireless officials said yesterday.

This made no difference to the 165 residents who signed a petition against the flagpole and the approximately 60 who showed up yesterday to oppose what they considered an intrusion and eyesore in their neighborhood.

In a letter read at the hearing, the city's planning department sided with neighborhood leaders, recommending against approval in a "very suburban" part of the city.

Paul A. Dorf, the lawyer representing AT&T Wireless, told the board that an exhaustive search was made of the area, and the placement met every legal requirement.

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