Targeting mobile service dead zones, Verizon pitching new cell tower to Pittsfield ZBA

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PITTSFIELD — Verizon customers in Pittsfield and Lenox could soon see a boost in service.

The company hopes to put another cell tower in the city, and will bring a proposal to that effect to the Zoning Board of Appeals on Nov. 15.

Jay Latorre, a radio frequency engineer for Verizon, told members of the city's Community Development Board last week the proposed tower would address dead zones in the western and central parts of the city. It would also reduce strain on two existing towers in Pittsfield, enhancing service citywide.

He said the company is targeting the Route 7 corridor — including downtown Pittsfield and Lenox — for better, faster service. He said when strong service is available within homes and businesses, it spurs productivity and economic development.

"They're going to see a huge increase in speed," he said. "Once our services become available, the demand for them just grows."

The proposed tower would be placed east of South Street, near Holmes Road. There are two existing facilities of similar size in the city already, and another in Lenox.

The company is seeking a height variance to construct the tower, but board members determined no variance is needed given an exception made for antennae. The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to make a final determination on Nov. 15.

Amanda Drake can be reached at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter and 413-496-6296.


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