Illinois Cell Tower Approved by Bridgeport Despite Opposition

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Plans to build a cell phone tower on Archer Avenue in Bridgeport, IL can move forward now that the city has approved the plan that drew opposition from some 40 residents, according to dnainfo.com.

The city’s Zoning Board of Appeals approved the variance Friday that makes way for a 100-foot-tall cell phone tower to be built at 2601 S. Archer Ave. The board required the tower to be built five feet from the street instead of the mandated 20 feet, so that the tower does not interfere with the neighboring building’s foundation, according to officials.

T-Mobile will construct the tower that will allow for better reception and data usage for neighborhood smartphone users, but some neighbors are not on board. Residents said the tower would harm the aesthetics of Archer Avenue and could hinder future development of the area. Supporters, however, said cell phone towers exist throughout the city and on many buildings frequented by the public, including schools and stadiums, dnainfo.com reported.

October 26, 2017

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