An application to construct a new cell tower at 215 W. Johnstown Road has been postponed until after a workshop on Wednesday, March 21.

An application to construct a new cell tower at 215 W. Johnstown Road has been postponed until after a workshop on Wednesday, March 21.

Several residents attended the Feb. 22 Gahanna Planning Commission meeting in opposition of the 120-foot monopole personal wireless-service facility that's proposed by Verizon Wireless.

Opponent Terry Duris owns apartments near the proposed site.

"I represent 150 people who live in the apartments," he said. "This would be in their direct line of sight. Imagine your view from your living room."

He said curb appeal is the most important element to attract tenants.

"If the tower goes up, the one thing that will attract your attention will be a mammoth tower on the edge of our yard," he said.

David Minger, Verizon real estate manager, said the tower is needed because service is blocked during peak times as a result of the volume of simultaneous users.

"There are blocked calls instead of dropped calls," he said. "The capacity has gaps because we have a lot of users."

Commission member Don Shepherd said he wants assurance that other alternative sites had been considered and negotiated.

Commissioner member Kristin Rosan said she wants to talk to the Verizon site-acquisition person who had performed the work.

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