Cell Tower Approved by Clark Zoning Board

A 130-foot monopole will be built on the Access Self Storage property on Central Avenue.

The Clark Zoning Board approved an application for a 130-foot monopole cell phone tower on the Access Self Storage property on Central Avenue at their Monday night meeting. 

The board previously heard the testimony on the joint application from AT&T and a company that builds the poles, Wireless Edge, in December, but held off on voting. Read that story here. The tower was approved with just one no vote from member Thomas Meade on Monday.

The pole could be built by the spring, John Arthur, president and CEO of Wireless Edge, told Patch at the December meeting. 

The pole will fill a gap in providing consistent AT&T coverage, according to the applicant. It is a permitted use in the space (meaning Clark's zoning already allows it here), though the application had two variances, including one to allow an exception to the 15-foot setback (they would require an 8-foot setback). In addition to the pole, a generator to power it and small shelter to house equipment would also be located on the property. 

Photos presented by the experts for the applicant show what the proposed tower would look like, superimposed on images of the surrounding area. (See them in our gallery.)

The pole would also allow for "co-locators" – other mobile companies – to perhaps use the pole for their antennae, according to experts for the applicant.
WILLIAN CARUSO January 30, 2014 at 01:14 PM
bob barrett January 30, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Right Bill: if the Shop Rite is costing Clark residents to pay lawyers all customers should complain to the manager.We still have A&P and Target for shopping.
John January 30, 2014 at 02:16 PM
Bob: Typically, from my understanding, the property owner collects a long term lease fee from the cell company for leasing the square footage occupied by the footprint of the tower, support building(s), and fencing surrounding the structures. In this case, this is Access Storage or a 3rd party property owner if the property is leased by Access. The only involvement the governing municipality has is for zoning compliance and construction permitting/inspections. However I am not, nor have never been involved with this type of process, so don't quote me on this. Also, Mr Caruso: You are correct! If Clark is forced to incur ANY expense to defend itself against this frivolous lawsuit by Shoprite, ALL Clark residents should boycott Shoprite completely!
John January 30, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Lori: "Why not put it on the other side of town?" I am not even going to dignify your elitist question with a response! Contrary to what you may feel,....those residents (especially you) that live on the west side of Clark, are no more important than those residents that live on the east side of Clark! We are not a town divided by the value of our homes nor the other towns we border. We are Clark Twp., divided only by a major highway.
LORI January 30, 2014 at 02:49 PM
john!!!! where do you live.. not in clark open your eyes


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