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Brooklyn Neighborhood Battles City & VoiceStream Over Cell Phone Tower

On top of the neighborhoods visual concerns and those about the puting this in a residential neighborhood and close to multiple dwelling units, many other studies suggest negative impacts of Electromagnetic fields (EMF)on health.
The Brooklyn Neighborhood has appealed the city's OK of cell phone tower on Milwaukie Avenue a bit south of Holgate. The City Council will hear Brooklyn's appeal June 10 @ 2:00pm:

From:  http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=26998
JUNE 10, 2004
2:00 PM LU 03-176954 CU AD VoiceStream Monopole

Some other quick info on Cell Towers and Residential neighborhoods:

On top of the neighborhoods visual concerns and those about the puting this in a residential neighborhood and close to multiple dwelling units, many other studies suggest negative impacts of Electromagnetic fields (EMF)on health.

Read more at the Council on Wireless Technology Impacts and the ERM Network:
 http://www.energyfields.org/index.html
 http://www.emrnetwork.org/
 http://www.energyfields.org/impacts/no_questions.html

Oregonian Story:
 http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/portland_news/1085140706238930.xml

Brooklyn group appeals OK of cell tower
Neighbors don't want VoiceStream to erect a "monopole" in the area they're trying to nurture
Friday, May 21, 2004
TIM SULLIVAN

A neighborhood group in Brooklyn is mounting resistance to plans for a 100-foot-tall cell-phone tower, saying it would hinder attempts to coalesce one part of the Southeast Portland district into a stronger neighborhood.

The Brooklyn Action Corps has appealed the city's decision to allow the tower, a VoiceStream Wireless monopole slated for the parking lot of the Yummy Garden Restaurant near where Southeast Milwaukie Avenue crosses McLoughlin Boulevard.

"Milwaukie Avenue is a pedestrian street. It's residential and commercial. (The tower has) an industrial look," said Marie Phillippi, a member of the group's board. "Somewhere, the neighborhood has to protect its area."

Phillippi acknowledges that the area surrounding the proposed tower is not completely serene -- a billboard rises from the Yummy Garden's parking lot, which overlooks the freeway-caliber traffic on McLoughlin Boulevard. But she says the neighborhood would like to see some of the public-owned property on the slope above the highway turned into a parklike overlook with a bench.

Some businesses, such as Barbo Machinery, which was approached by VoiceStream for space but declined, also want to protect the residential sanctity of the area .

Plus, Phillippi says, Brooklyn has five other cell towers, most of them in the industrial areas that parallel the train tracks east of Milwaukie Avenue. Phillippi and other neighbors say VoiceStream should use - one of those towers, or even build a new one in the industrial area away from homes.

"There's a whole lot of industrial property to the east," says Matt Ethridge, who lives next to the Yummy Garden. "(VoiceStream) wants to put (the tower) in a place that's trying to become a neighborhood."

VoiceStream zoning specialist Lance Bailey said the company looked at that area and determined the high ridge of the Milwaukie corridor would better suit a tower, which needs to share sight lines with other towers.

Currently, Bailey said, VoiceStream uses a tower on Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard for its Brooklyn customers. But the demand in that area has increased dramatically, he said, and the tower across the river is no sufficient.

"We're not trying to run roughshod over the neighborhood," Bailey said. "We're trying to serve the people in that neighborhood."

Mark Walhood, the city planner who oversaw VoiceStream's application, said each year the city sees eight to 15 requests for cell towers in residential areas. (Towers within 50 feet of land zoned residential require a land-use review.) The frequency of cell tower construction hit a high around 2000, Walhood said, dipped for a few years and is rising again thanks to new generations of wireless services such as data systems and Internet access.

"Companies are scrambling to provide service," Walhood said.

Neighborhood associations often appeal approvals, Walhood said. One of the last times was in 2002, when the Centennial Community Association appealed a Qwest tower at Lynch View Elementary School. In that case, Walhood said, the City Council narrowly upheld the hearings officer's decision to approve the tower.

The City Council will hear Brooklyn Action Corps' appeal June 10.
Some hints 21.May.2004 10:57

former cell phone company stooge

You may have already looked into this but the company is required to file with SHPO, the state historical preservation org. and cell towers are not allowed to be located near, on or around historical buildings. You can contact SHPO to discuss the details and this might be another means of preventingthe tower. Also look into the land that the tower is to be built on, voicestream won't lease it if there is any chance the land has to be cleaned of bio-waste or oil or any type of environmental contaminate. They won't want the liability of having to deal with a possibly polluted site. Good luck, there are many ways to approach preventing the tower, keep it up!

Come to City Hall June 10, 2PM 21.May.2004 12:17

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