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Smithtown civic association wants cell tower plan review

A Smithtown civic association is asking for close review of a proposed 120-foot cellphone tower on commercial property at 300 West Main St.

“A 120-foot tower might be the best answer for Verizon and AT&T, but it may not be the best answer for residents and the community,” Smithtown United president Tim Small said Monday. 

His group is asking for a technical review of the project that would consider a shorter tower and alternate locations, including the Suffolk County buildings on Route 347. Gregory Alvarez, a Garden City-based attorney representing Elite Towers, the company that would build the tower, could not be reached for comment. Alvarez has said in the past that the tower is needed to eliminate a dangerous cell coverage gap in the area. 

Elite Towers is seeking a special exception from the town council to house equipment at the site for Verizon Wireless and New Cingular Wireless, which does business as AT&T Mobility. The proposal does not meet several zoning requirements, including one limiting structures in the area to 35 feet and one requiring a fall zone around the pole to be empty of buildings. 

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