The city council in Brentwood, Calif., Tuesday approved the erection of a cell tower at a self-storage site in the TownCentre Terrace commercial park.
The AT&T wireless communications tower will be appear as a 78-foot fake pine tree. It will have nine antenna panels on the pole and expand the area’s cell phone coverage.
The vote came after opposition from another local business owner who claimed the tower would hurt him financially. Donald Kurgan said in addition to being an eyesore, the six tenants in his commercial building are concerned about potential harmful health effects of the tower’s electromagnetic frequency transmissions. One tenant, a daycare provider, has said she’ll vacate the building.
City officials said AT&T has provided proof that the project meets federal regulations governing radio frequency emissions. AT& T also agreed to move the tower to the back of the property, farther from Kurgan's property.
Source: Mercury News, Brentwood OK's Cell Phone Tower Disguised as Tree