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Pinetum Called Best Spot for Greenwich Cell Tower

The best spot in Greenwich for a controversial cell tower is in a Cos Cob nature preserve, a consultant told the town Thursday. Cell provider T-Mobile wants the tower because there is a dead spot in North Mianus where there is no reception.

The wireless consultant, David Maxson of Isotrope, told the town's Board of Selectmen that the two best locations are 129 Bible St. in the Mongtomery Pinetum and 328 Palmer Hill Road close to North Mianus School.

"There will be things in here that we will identify as possible alternatives that I guarantee someone will be offended by," said Maxson.

The Board of Selectmen asked for further research on the cell tower after residents spoke out against it during an October meeting. "We wanted to know what our options [are] as a municipality in terms of addressing this request," said First Selectman Peter Tesei.

The tower would be less visible and just as powerful on Bible Street, Maxton said. If it was put closer to the school, the tower could be concealed as a cupola. Tesei said the report would be useful in going forward with the town's negotiations with T-Mobile.

No legislative action was taken on the matter.

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