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Proposed cell tower approved by Pittsford Planning Board, moves to Zoning Board

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Pittsford, N.Y. – A measure which would have a cell phone tower constructed in the Town of Pittsford took a step forward Monday night.

The Pittsford Town Planning Board approved the measure, which had a few changes from its original form. It will be slightly shorter than what was originally pitched, and it will be located on the side of the building.

The United Church of Pittsford and Verizon made a deal to build a 100-foot tower on the church’s property. Some neighbors were upset at the proximity to their homes.

“Now, it’s going to be 10 feet from preschool classrooms. It’s going to be 50 feet from a very busy sidewalk. It just doesn’t fit,” said neighbor Mary Carafos, who attended Monday’s Planning Board meeting. “And there’s going to be warning signs on the outside of the fence, which, people walking by and seeing that, that just doesn’t fit into our neighborhood.”

Verizon officials at Monday’s meeting did not comment. An official statement is expected to be released in the near future.

The measure will now be handed over to the Pittsford Zoning Board; they are expected to discuss it at their February 19 meeting.

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