Park cell towers' threat
A new Allegheny County ordinance that opens the door for cellphone towers in county parks could greatly affect county residents' livelihood and investments ( “Cell tower plan puts South Park residents on edge” ). A proposal by LJS Development to build a 190-foot cell tower only yards away from where residents sleep, students learn and young people play is strongly opposed by South Park citizens. The proposed tower would be on park property at the corner of the heavily trafficked Ridge and McCorkle roads. This area is not zoned for a cell tower.
According to studies by The Appraisal Institute, cell towers negatively affect homes' property values. In addition, federal government-commissioned studies concluding the safety of cell towers did not examine humans over a long period. The bottom line: Whether fact or fiction, there is a perceived health concern that drives away homebuyers. The thousands of taxpayers who bought or built homes alongside parks did so because of the promise of undisturbed, beautiful park views and historically proven, stable increases in property values. Cell towers erected nearby would threaten our investment.
As taxpayers and citizens, we have a right to not only oppose this tower, but to ensure that all citizens who live near county parks are aware that cell towers could be proposed in their backyards, too.
The writer is president of South Park Residents United (firstname.lastname@example.org).