Parks and Rec Approve Tree Tower To Get Some Green

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The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation (MBCPR) board approved a proposed communications tower for one of its parks, providing the rent comes back to the MBCPR. The planned project is a 100-foot tower, disguised as a tree, proposed by Liberty Towers for a location at Ambrose Park, reported the Journal.

Estimates for rent revenue from the tower are $1,800 monthly or $21,600 annually. According to MBCPR Executive Director Steve Catlett, he’d like the money generated to help pay park staffers working at the children’s garden.

Rich Lemanowicz, a representative from Liberty Towers, commented on tower aesthetics at a recent board meeting stating, “There will be a board-on-board fence at the bottom to conceal the equipment, and the branches will go as low as they can possibly go without creating a hazard for anyone who might be walking in the park,” according to the Journal.

Estimates for rent revenue from the tower are $1,800 monthly or $21,600 annually. According to MBCPR Executive Director Steve Catlett, he’d like the money generated to help pay park staffers working at the children’s garden.

Rich Lemanowicz, a representative from Liberty Towers, commented on tower aesthetics at a recent board meeting stating, “There will be a board-on-board fence at the bottom to conceal the equipment, and the branches will go as low as they can possibly go without creating a hazard for anyone who might be walking in the park.”

City council could vote on the project as early as this month and, if approved, construction could begin soon after, reported the Journal.

May 2, 2019

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