Planning Board Approves T-Mobile Antenna Upgrade

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The Millbury Planning Board (file photo) approved a new six-antenna array at an existing tower located at 428 Greenwood St. The board also discussed the new Dunkin Donuts scheduled for opening soon.
The Millbury Planning Board (file photo) approved a new six-antenna array at an existing tower located at 428 Greenwood St. The board also discussed the new Dunkin Donuts scheduled for opening soon. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri

MILLBURY, Mass. — The antenna tower located at 428 Greenwood St. leased by T-Mobile will soon get six new antennas as the Millbury Planning Board approved on Monday evening the plan to replace the existing six antennas located on the property.

The antenna tower owned by Crown Castle Inc. was represented by Jeff Barbadora and he explained to the board that the 152-foot tower as well as the six antenna array currently located at the property will remain the same size and height, that the addition is strictly an upgrade in technology.

Board Chairperson Richard Gosselin asked if the frequency range would change at all with the new array. Barbadora said no, the frequency range given to T-Mobile were handed out by the FCC and that would remain the same. The upgrades he said were in line with bringing T-Mobile customers more 4G coverage.

In other business, the board was discussing the on-going Dunkin Donuts project located at 1-5 Elm St. Board member Anna Lewandowski voiced concerns that the fence located on the property that abuts the home next door is too close to the road and is too tall, as specified in town by-laws.

Concerns were also raised that the sidewalks were not in compliance with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Town Planner Laurie Connors reported that she had been made aware on Monday afternoon that the owners of the Dunkin Donuts were planning on applying for an occupancy permit and open for business within two weeks.

Gosselin added that the owners also planned on planting their vegetation this week, which he said would result in a higher failure rate at this time of the year.

Both Connors and board member Alan Linkevich said they would be visiting the property soon to inspect the sidewalks and fence and those would have to pass inspection prior to the issuance of any occupancy permits.

The board also spoke about a possible bond being insisted upon to ensure the vegetation spelled out in the agreement between the town and owners be completed in the spring if the vegetation placed soon does not survive the winter.

The next scheduled meeting for the board will be on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

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