AT&T withdraws plans for cell tower at Pontoosuc Woolen Mill

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PITTSFIELD — Plans for a cell tower at the old Pontoosuc Woolen Mill property have fizzled amid neighborhood opposition and questions from city officials.

AT&T Mobility New England withdrew its project application last week, according to City Planner C.J. Hoss, noting the company did so in light of the requests from the city that it demonstrate the need for a tower at that particular location.

The project called for a 150-foot cell tower at 20 Keeler St., the historic Pontoosuc Woolen Mill site owned by Blythewood Realty, despite a maximum building height of 90 feet.

The company said the facility would have provided needed service in the northern section of the city, yet the proposal sent waves of discontent through the lakeside community.

Hoss said decisions about such projects revolve around whether there is a proven need for the wireless infrastructure — he tapped CityScape Consultants to review the proposal — and whether or not there are other ways to achieve the same goals.

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

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