Somesville Cell Tower site eyed

MOUNT DESERT — Having been stymied in locating a cell phone tower on Kitteridge Brook Road in Bar Harbor, AT&T Wireless now wants to lease a site on a hill across Route 102 from the Somesville One Stop.

The 40-acre parcel is owned by A.C. Fernald Sons, Inc., which was formed by Robert, Thomas and William Fernald.

Thomas Fernald said Monday that they have agreed to lease a 100-foot-by-100-foot area to AT&T, contingent upon the town of Mount Desert granting a conditional use permit.

The company has not yet applied for a permit, which would have to be approved by the planning board. But MartinEnviro, an environmental consulting firm, has notified town officials that it is assessing the proposed tower’s “impacts to historical resources as described in … the National Historic Preservation Act.”

Maena Angelotti of MartinEnviro said in a Nov. 22 letter to town manager Durlin Lunt that her company had been hired to do the assessment by Global Tower, LLC, which would build the cell tower for AT&T.

She said that in addition to the “approximately 125-foot monopole tower,” a 400-foot gravel access road would be built to the site, which is on the hill behind the Kittredge Building.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]