Neighbors oppose proposed cell tower

Residents to present petition against tower to commission

By Gloria Lloyd

Neighbors of a 100-foot telecommunications tower proposed for Crestwood Elks Lodge 2503 in Concord have started a petition against the project.

The county Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the tower at 7 p.m. Monday, June 9, in the County Council chambers in the Administration Building, 41 S. Central Ave., Clayton.

Crestwood Elks Lodge 2503 and Network Real Estate LLC, of Cary, N.C., representing TowerCo and AT&T Mobility, are requesting a conditional-use permit, or CUP, for the 100-foot tower on the Elks’ property at 10261 Bauer Road, at the northwest quadrant of Bauer Road and Winters Lane Estate.

The Elks Lodge is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, and neighbor Michael Bluth said he and other nearby residents have collected nearly 100 signatures opposed to the tower to present at the Planning Commission meeting, where neighbors will be represented by an attorney.

Some of the neighbors are Elks members and oppose the tower, Bluth added, noting that a 100-foot tower is the same height as a 10-story building.

“There’s a lot of trees, and it’s really pretty, and you wouldn’t know you’re in St. Louis County — but this tower is just going to be so tall above these trees it’s going to be ridiculous,” he said. “Instead of looking up and seeing your trees and the beautiful sunset, you’re going to look up and see this huge tower.”

The property is in the Mehlville School District.

At the same public hearing, Network Real Estate is also requesting a CUP for a telecommunications tower at Our Savior Lutheran Church of Fenton, in the Rockwood School District.