URGENT: Hearing on 50 Foot Nextel Tower at Third & Wilton
- In a message dated 10/17/2005 10:06:25 AM Pacific Standard Time, JEUsher
Dear Neighbors --
This morning, I received the following URGENT message from our neighbors on
Wilton Place. There is no time to research the issues, as I would generally
like to do. Please read the email and make your voice heard. Jane Usher
FORWARDED EMAIL FROM SUSAN O'CONNELL
Nextel is seeking a Conditional Use Permit to install a 50 foot
communications tower at the corner of Third and Wilton, in the St. Brendan's parking lot.
Unfortunately, the public hearing on this request does not coincide with our
next Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Board meeting (Nov. 9th). We
could have had some public discussion about this issue. Please pass this email on
to other concerned neighbors and come to the hearing on Oct 18th. If we do
not have representation from enough neighbors our arguments will appear weak.
Tuesday October 18th 9:30 am
Los Angeles City Hall
200 North Spring Street, Room 1020
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Be there or be stuck with this cell tower forever!!!
We neighbors on Wilton (the ones I have spoken to) are against this tower.
Besides the health risks (which we understand we cannot argue at this hearing)
we are opposed because of the size of this thing. The FCC is notorious for
being in the industry's pocket and not protecting the heath of the citizens
of this country.
1. Historic District
It is totally inappropriate to put this fifty foot tall pretend "pine tree"
and ancillary electronic equipment next to this historical church or in the
Wilton Ridgewood Historic district. We (Jenny Kasor and other neighbors)
successfully fought for decades to keep huge modern street lights and city buses
out of this historic district to protect the integrity of the neighborhood-
why we would allow a giant un-natural tree in??? Everyone worked so hard to
get the flashing light, why give up now? It makes no sense.
Anyone who is not opposed to this mono pine does not understand the scale
of this MONO PINE. It is fifty feet tall. All of the other trees on the church
parking lot site are 15 to 25 feet high. This will dwarf every tree in the
area and stick out like a sore thumb. It will be hideous. It will be similar
in height to the very tallest point of the church tower.
The church already has huge traffic jams at every mass. Nextel says that
they will re-stripe the lot and get the same number of cars. I'm an architect,
that is ridiculous. It just means there will be many tiny compact spaces that
today's cars cannot fit in so ultimately there will be less parking and more
congestion. Let's demand to see the re-stripping plan.
4. Aesthetics and the value of our homes
This will be really ugly and it will really stick out and be very
noticeable. Why do you think they normally put these beside a freeway? Because they
are SO BIG, an elevated freeway is so tall it helps to decrease the scale of
the fake tree. It does not look like a tree at all.
5. Church position
I spoke with M. Terry Fleming. He and the archdiocese are in favor of this
Nextel project because of the income the church will receive. Nextel is going
all over the city trying to get on church properties, it's really pretty
pathetic. M. Terry made this decision without the parish council.
6. More appropriate sites within a 1/4 mile
There are many other sites that are more appropriate than our historic
neighborhood. We are surrounded by commercial streets like Western, Wilshire and
Melrose Avenues with tall buildings and large bill boards. There is no reason
for Nextel to locate this cell tower on the corner of 3rd and Wilton.
Please come to the hearing and fight for our neighborhood.
If necessary, write to Young-gi Kim in Councilman Tom LaBonge's office,
Susan O'Connell, AIA
444 South Flower Street Suite 4700
Los Angeles, California 90071
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