At their monthly board meeting last night, Southeast Uplift voted to provide financial assistance to the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association as they continue to fight Verizon’s bid to construct a cell phone tower off of Foster Road.
After city council countered a hearings officer’s recommendation that the proposal be denied, which cleared the path for Verizon’s development, the residents of Mt. Scott-Arleta are now taking their case to the state’s Land Use Board of Appeals. To help pay the filing fee for “notice of intent to appeal,” as well as a deposit for costs, Southeast Uplift passed a motion to provide $400 to Mt. Scott-Arleta in their efforts to block Verizon’s plan, which would entail construction of a 45-foot tower on the Mt. Scott Fuel site, at SE 69th and Foster. The cell tower would include nine antennas, each with three 750 watt channels.
Although city council ignored flaws in Verizon’s plan, as well as community arguments/concerns and a hearings officer’s recommendation, the support from Southeast Uplift gives the neighborhood a moral and political boost in addition to the $400. The fight will now continue at the state level, and hopefully with a positive outcome.