The Juniper Park Civic Association is encouraging residents of Maspeth and Middle Village to testify against a proposed 25-foot cell phone tower to be erected atop 53-20 72nd Place in Maspeth. Despite overwhelming community opposition, Omnipoint communications is moving forward with their special permit request at the Board of Standards and Appeals on Tuesday, January 29th at 1:30pm at 40 Rector Street, 6th Floor, Hearing Room (E) in Manhattan.
Not realizing that public opinion would be against him, the owner of Frank's Deli, Joe Wroblewski signed a contract with Omnipoint last year to erect the tower atop his building. It is in close proximity to many residences and Maspeth Town Hall. After the public outcry over possible hidden health hazards posed by the tower, Wroblewski said he regretted signing the contract but could not renege on the deal as it was binding.
However, the company seeking to install the tower can withdraw their application for the special permit. Omnipoint already has several other cell towers in this area and this is not believed to enhance cell service. Community Board 5 and Borough President Helen Marshall have both issued advisory opinions against the cell tower, and every local elected official has come out against it. The last step in the permit process is the Board of Standards and Appeals which can approve it regardless of the other opinions.
"I am totally dismayed that Omnipoint would go against the wishes of community board 5, every elected official and the people of this community and continue to seek a special permit to erect this cell tower," said Tony Nunziato, Chair of the Maspeth-Middle Village Task Force.
Those seeking transportation to the hearing are asked to call the Juniper Park Civic Association at (718) 651-5865. Those who cannot make it but would like to submit letters or sign a petition may do so at Enchanted Florist, 65-10 Grand Avenue, Maspeth. A notary will be on hand Monday, January 28th from 12 noon-3pm and from 4-6pm. Please call (718) 326-4288 for more information.