Cell tower visual impact info sought



MOUNT DESERT – Additional information on the visual impact of a proposed Somesville cell phone tower is needed before the planning board here can hold public hearings on the application.

At the board’s meeting on Monday members voted that the application by AT&T Mobility for a 125-foot tower on the hill behind the Kittredge Building on Route 102 was complete except for several areas where they desired additional information.

While the tower plans have been approved by officials in Acadia National Park from a visual impact perspective, and by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, more information is needed on how it will affect the view from nearby private property, board member Sandy Andrews said.

He noted that the application did not show the visual impact from the harbor itself, from other areas of Somes Sound, or from private property on the east side of Somes Harbor at Squantum Point, or from the conservation area along Babson Creek.

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Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.

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