120-foot cell tower proposed for exit 7 on Hutch to be discussed at Monday’s Pelham Manor village board meeting

Photo location plan included in the DOT letter that indicates location of telecommunications tower at exit 7 on the Hutchinson River Parkway.

Photo location plan included in the DOT letter that indicates location of telecommunications tower at exit 7 on the Hutchinson River Parkway.

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The Village of Pelham Manor Board of Trustees meeting Monday will include a discussion of a 12o-foot cell tower proposed for land near exit 7 on the Hutchinson River Parkway, which is the interchange with U.S. Route 1, according to the meeting agenda.

The village board will meet at 8:15 p.m. at village hall at 4 Penfield Place.

The New York State Department of Transportation informed Pelham Manor in June of the plan. The DOT abandoned its efforts to construct a tower at exit 9 of the parkway following significant push back from the community. The DOT received letters of opposition from then Pelham Mayor Michael Volpe, Pelham Manor Mayor Jennifer Monachino-Lapey, Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Champ and the Pelham Board of Education. The letters cited the pole’s proximity to the Pelham high school/middle school complex.

The project would be built by Crown, a New York subsidiary of Crown Castle International Corp., which is contracted by the DOT for telecommunications construction.

Because the land at exit 7 is governed by New York State, not the municipality, the DOT does not require approval from the Pelham Manor government for the project. In a letter to Pelham Manor Village Manager John Pierpont, Terrence Donoghue, DOT representative for Region 8, said his agency and Crown “welcome an opportunity to be placed on your board’s public meeting agenda to discuss the benefits of this telecommunications initiative.”