Green’s Farms Cell Tower: 1-Year Anniversary Looms

Almost exactly a year ago, “06880” broke the story that AT&T was planning to place a 120-foot cell tower at a Greens Farms Road residence. It would loom above the tree line, not far from Hillspoint Road: a “gateway” intersection leading toward our beaches.

In early June, a “balloon test” showed just how high the tower would soar. A band of protesters watched nearby.

Since then: crickets.

In the intervening months, First Selectman Jim Marpe has heard “nothing directly” from North Atlantic Towers, which would build the structure.

However, Marpe warns, “that doesn’t mean it’s going away. Presumably, they’re still interested. A submission to the Connecticut Siting Council could still show up.”

The cell tower was planned for the house on the left: 92 Greens Farms Road. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

The cell tower was planned for the house on the left: 92 Greens Farms Road. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

Westport has retained a wireless technology consultant, to help if needed. The town is also in contact with major wireless carriers. The idea is to be proactive, not reactive.

Marpe says that State Senator Tony Hwang and State Representative Jonathan Steinberg have been “very helpful.” The legislators have spoken with top-level Connecticut Department of Transportation officials. The DOT controls much of the property near I-95 and the railroad tracks, which could serve as alternative tower sites.

The Greens Farms Road tower is meant to provide better cell service to motorists on I-95 — not necessarily to improve coverage for Westport residents.

A "balloon test" last June showed how high the Greens Farms Road cell tower would be.

A “balloon test” last June showed how high the Greens Farms Road cell tower would be.

10 responses to “Green’s Farms Cell Tower: 1-Year Anniversary Looms

  1. Bobbie Herman

    Why do they want to provide better cell service to motorists on I-95, when it’s illegal to use cell phones while driving?

  2. Bluetooth?

  3. Greens Farms residents who abut I-95 already bear quite a burden of the highway itself and the Metro North tracks alongside it. For most of these homeowners those burdens existed when they purchased their homes, but this increases the negative impact on their quality of life and property values. Now that it’s clear that the service improvement is more targeted at travelers on I-95 and less for Westport residents it’s critical to press for an alternate site that is less intrusive to the Greens Farms neighborhood. Use of state property along the highway, or rekindling the discussion with the owners of the office park at 55 Greens Farms would make sense.

    Art Schoeller
    President
    Greens Farms Association

  4. Scott Smith

    The last sentence of this post: “The Greens Farms Road tower is meant to provide better cell service to motorists on I-95 — not necessarily to improve coverage for Westport residents.” Is that from AT&T? North Atlantic Towers? The State?
    I’m very much interested in the Town exploring and being a part of all options to our best local benefit. But as a homeowner in a nearby “dead zone,” the proposed cell tower would, I would hope, improve the dreadful cell coverage in this part of town.
    While I acknowledge the impact of another tall utility structure along this busy corridor, I would welcome that development and the essential services it would provide to all — not just I-95 travelers but all who live and work and play in this part of town.

  5. don l bergmann

    Scott,
    Are there alternatives to you for telephone service to those provided by a cell tower? I read regularly of changes, e.g. Cablevision among others, that work without a cell tower. My guess is that cell towers will become a thing of the past in the not too distant future and at some point we will look at these old rusting cell towers as an historic relic from a time long past. It would be great if those who support a new cell tower for their needs and those who oppose a new cell tower could find a solution that satisfies both groups.
    Don Bergmann