Katrina Langford (far left) Lynn Goodwin, Phillip Kelly and Virginia Pierce-Kelly stand in front of the cell built behind their neighborhood earlier this year.
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The city of Stonecrest said a controversial cell tower built behind homes earlier this year can remain standing, using a legal reasoning its neighbors called problematic.
Stonecrest City Attorney Winston Denmark released an opinion late last week saying the tower’s construction in mid-January was legal, despite decades-old documents suggesting the land was only zoned commercial on the condition that a summer day care be built there.
The city approved a permit last year for Vertical Bridge to construct the cell tower on Evans Mill Road.
The 199-foot tower sits behind homes in a subdivision, where residents have grown frustrated at the city’s response. The residents were frustrated that is was built without a public hearing being held. Not only is it an eyesore, they said, but they are also worried about the possible health effects of cell towers.