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Letter: Re: Wireless Telecommunications Antennae 13 Myrtle Street, Manhasset, New York

I am writing with respect to above referenced property. As a resident living near the location, I am very concerned about the effect the tower will have on the surrounding residential streets. It would seem that a 20-foot tower will have a negative impact visually. A number of questions immediately come to mind. Are there any architectural renderings available for viewing? Will any attempt be made to make this “20-foot tall stealth enclosure” aesthetically pleasing to minimize the impact it will have on all the residential streets? There is also some confusion about the exact height of the tower – the notice uses the phrases “20-foot tall stealth enclosure” and “for a total height of 50 feet” – exactly how many feet will the tower extend into the air? Also, is there a proper minimum setback from any adjoining residential properties?

What is the potential health or environmental impact of having the tower so close to residential properties? Have there been any studies done that address this issue that are available for review? The legal notice references “historic buildings.” What is your definition of the term “historic buildings?” We need to know so that it can be determined if there are any buildings that fit the definition. Is there any consideration given to private residences – especially those properties, which abut the property? Out of courtesy, have the homeowners of the Locust Street properties been given any notice other than the legal notice in the Manhasset Press? What is the impact on property values of the homes in the surrounding area?

I believe that the residents of the surrounding neighborhood and Manhasset, in general, need to be given more information about the project and need to be shown plans of exactly what this tower will look like. I strongly urge your company to hold a meeting in Manhasset so that we can be given all the facts of the project and be assured that all proper filings, approvals, variances, permits, etc. will be gotten. There are many questions that need to be answered. Everything may be on the “up and up,” but had I not read the legal notices, I would not have known about it.

I look forward to your response.

Ellen Albrechtsen

(Editors Note: The previous letter was sent to David Silver, ATC Associates, Inc., in Burlington, NJ, Supervisor John Kaiman, Councilwoman Maria-Christina Poons and to the Manhasset Press for publication. Mr. Silver’s response follows.)

David Silver’s Response to Ms. Albrechtsen

Thank you for expressing your interest regarding this site. Allow me to try to address some of your concerns. The antennae will be mounted within a proposed screen enclosure on the roof of the building that will hide the antennae from view from the neighborhood. The building is 30 feet tall and the enclosure will be 20 feet, thus making the total height 50 feet. We will consider all comments when preparing our final submission package for the State. At this point we are only concerned about the impact the project has on historical resources as determined by the FCC (those resources that are eligible for listing or already listed in the National Register of Historic Places). The other issues you addressed, including zoning, health impacts, property values will be addressed at a later time.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you,

David Silver