URGENT: MBTA CONTROL BOARD MEETING – MONDAY, JULY 31, 1:00 PM

Our June appearance before the Board result in the entire 60-town monopole project being halted for a 30-day assessment period. Now it’s time to return & appear in even larger numbers – so grab your signs & mark your calendar!

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Preserve Our Historic Neighborhood

SHAWSHEEN IS UNDER IMMEDIATE THREAT. A PRIVATE COMPANY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MBTA IS PLANNING THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO TOWERS IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD THREATENING THE VIEWSHED, PROPERTY VALUES AND THE HEALTH OF OUR FAMILIES. SCROLL DOWN TO LEARN MORE.

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49 Haverhill Street Location

To be constructed across from Mr. Takeout at track level. The total height will be over 100 feet.

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2 Burnham Road Location

Total height will be over 74 feet.

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Reasons To Be Concerned

Change In Character

The proposed towers will have an adverse effect on the historical significance and visual landscape (the “viewshed”) creating an industrial rather than residential feel.

Noise Pollution

The noise from the equipment required to operate the towers will be detrimental to the atmosphere of our neighborhood.

Impact On Property Value

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.

Dear Neighbors

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.

Follow These Steps

Step 1

Submit comments to the Town

The towers proposed in the MBTA project would create many adverse effects in my culturally and historically significant neighborhood. The change to my neighborhood’s unique character would include negative visual, atmospheric and audible impacts from the tower height and placement, array attachments, generators, and ongoing maintenance. Additionally, our property values will be impacted while the quality of the homes and character of our neighborhoods could deteriorate. It is highly likely these towers will suffer neglect as they become obsolete. Many alternatives exist to more effectively adapt to rapidly changing technology and avoid imposing major impacts on neighborhoods. I oppose these towers.

Click “Copy” to get the comments text then follow this link: Town of Andover Monopole Comments

  • Check the all the boxes
  • Paste (ctrl-v) the comments into the comments box
  • Fill in your name, etc and click submit

Step 2

Email elected representatives

  • Send an email to these leaders.
  • This can be the same comments you submitted to the Town.
  • Don’t skip this step! Your voice matters and we need as many people as possible.

Step 3

Print, sign and mail this letter

  • Print this letter. Page 1 contains the addresses of the offices you should mail the letter to. Page 2 is the letter.
  • Remember to sign and write your address.
  • Talk to your neighbors. These steps are quick and the more people that express their concern the larger the impact will be!

Leaders That Can Help

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

2400 JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA 02203
(617) 565-3170
Email Senator Warren

Senator Edward Markey

975 JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA 02203
(617) 565-8519
Email Senator Markey

MA State Senator Barbara L’Italien

24 Beacon Street
Room 109-E
Boston, MA 02133
(617) 722-1612
barbara.l’italien@masenate.gov

Joseph Thibodeau

24 Beacon Street
Room 109-E
Boston, MA 02133
(617) 722-1612
joseph.thibodeau@masenate.gov

Governor Charlie Baker

Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133
(617) 725-4005
Email Governor Baker

More Leaders

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