New cell phone tower will be built at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls

Structure will replace temporary tower

PHIL KEREN Reporter

CUYAHOGA FALLS — A new cell phone tower will be constructed at Blossom Music Center.

City Council on June 8 unanimously approved a conditional zoning certificate for the construction and operation of a wireless-cellular communication tower at the outdoor concert venue at 1145 Steels Corners Road. AT&T Mobility applied for the certificate.

There is currently a 70-foot-high temporary tower on the property adjacent to a parking lot. The new structure will also be 70 feet tall, with screening and enclosures surrounding it. The new tower will replace the temporary tower, according to city spokesperson Kelli Crawford-Smith.

She added it is not known what company will construct the tower, nor is it known when work will begin.

The planning commission recommended approval of the conditional zoning application at its meeting on May 19. City Senior Planner Adam Paul said the construction of a cell tower at any location in the municipality requires the issuance of a conditional zoning certificate.

Paul said the new tower will be “more suitable” for customers than the temporary structure.

Ed Block of GPD Group said the new tower will have space for “three other levels of antennas,” and noted that, in addition to AT&T, there is another cell phone carrier interested in offering service.

“This tower will accommodate their antennas as well,” said Block.

The temporary tower is supported by guy wires, but the new structure will be self-supporting, and Block said it will cover a smaller amount of land space than the temporary structure.

Downtown projects approved

Council on June 8 also approved authorizing the service director to enter contracts for projects to repair and reconstruct concrete pavement. A total of $500,000 was budgeted for the work. The two main projects are: the replacement of the Manchester Court parking lot west of the corner of Portage Trail and Front Street, and the construction of a fenced-in dumpster area on the south side of Portage Trail next to Metropolis Popcorn. Both projects are expected to begin in early July and be finished by the end of August.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, pkeren@recordpub.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.