The proposed towers will have an adverse effect on the historical significance and visual landscape (the “viewshed”) creating an industrial rather than residential feel.
The noise from the equipment required to operate the towers will be detrimental to the atmosphere of our neighborhood.
Studies show potential home buyers avoid properties near cell towers due to perceived health effects. This could have a negative impact on the historic district due to reduced property values and possible property neglect.
The historic Shawsheen Village section of Andover is the proposed site for two new 70-foot monopole towers. The poles will be erected by inMOTION, a private WiFi Telecommunications provider through a lease agreement to provide WiFi services for the MBTA. Ramaker & Associates, the consulting firm hired to represent inMOTION claims in permit filings that these towers would have “no effect” on the surrounding area. That claim is false.
This inMOTION project requires a federal permit from the FCC, which constitutes a "federal action" and therefore a Section 106 review is required under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
The proposed towers, because of their great height and hideous appearance, would instantly transform our historic village into an industrial zone. They would destroy the historic aesthetic we strive so hard to preserve. We cannot fathom how Ramaker can claim that inMOTION's project would have “no effect” on the character of Shawsheen Village.
The railway that cuts through our neighborhood should be held to the same standard as other Shawsheen property owners. MBTA should not be permitted to destroy our historic neighborhood in pursuit of extra cash. Surely there must be more appropriate locations for their towers, or alternative sources of funding that would not exact such a disproportionate sacrifice from one small neighborhood.
The community of Shawsheen Village is united in opposition to the inMOTION / MBTA project.
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