American Legion post wants to rezone land to lease to AT&T

American Legion post wants to rezone land to lease to AT&T

DANVILLE – AT&T wants to put at least two new transmission towers in Danville, but the preferred site for one is on American Legion Post 210 property and will require a zoning change.

The Curtis G. Redden American Legion Post 210 on Jackson Street has requested a zoning change to allow AT&T to lease some of its property for construction of a new 130-foot transmission tower.

Chris Milliken, planning and zoning manager for the city, said the tower would fill in gaps in the AT&T network where there is excess data usage.

He said the request is to rezone a section of the legion property that's east of the post's building, and AT&T would be leasing that site from the legion. The zoning would change from the current Single Family Residential to Agriculture.

Milliken said the tower would be south of the parking area that's next to the Pony League ball field, which is the ball diamond furthest east. A wooded area and ravine border the south side of the site.

Milliken said it would be a single-pole design and would be about twice as tall as the ball diamond light poles on the property.

He said about 44 notifications were sent to residents surrounding the legion property, including residents along Jackson Street and Fletcher Drive. Milliken said he's heard from one resident who was concerned about what the tower would look like and was concerned about any effect on property values.

Milliken said the city has requested from AT&T additional information, and even some illustrations, about the appearance and aesthetics of the tower.

More in Thursday's News-Gazette.