In May of 2019, a tornado damaged a cell tower in Beavercreek, OH and last week, the city council voted to uphold the Board of Zoning Appeals’ decision to allow American Tower to rebuild the 164-foot lattice structure. Dayton Daily News reported that many neighbors are disappointed by the decision that the council didn’t arrive at a more aesthetically pleasing solution.
Resident Randy Bryan, who lives within eyesight of the fallen tower, spoke out regarding the preference neighbors have for a monopole.
“The main thing I want to ask the council is to look at it like we have to look at it. What I’m asking is that American Tower put a little bit more of their money into making a tower that we could all like,” Bryan said.
American Tower needed the ZBA’s approval to move forward with the lattice structure since the city’s ordinance now requires monopoles only, reported the Daily News. According to an American Tower project manager, costs for constructing a monopole from scratch exceed $100,000, which would require a complete soil evaluation and a new foundation.
“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 the tower company.