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State to hear concerns over cell tower plan

State parks officials have agreed to hear Hempstead residents’ concerns about a new cell phone tower in Bellmore, even though the proposed equipment is planned for state-owned land where the town does not have jurisdiction.

A hearing about the proposal begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wellington C. Mepham High School auditorium in Bellmore.

Town officials urged the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to include local comments when deciding whether to approve the 120-foot tower. Crown Communications has proposed putting the structure on the south side of the Southern State Parkway adjacent to South Bismark Avenue and Bellmore Road.

Community residents, like those in other areas, have expressed concern that a large tower will change the character of the surrounding neighborhood and reduce property values. The Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals recently denied requests by cellular equipment companies to put wireless communications antennas in Garden City South, Wantagh and East Meadow.

The town passed a law in September that prohibits cell antennas within 1,500 feet of schools, houses of worship, day-care providers and private residences.

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