T-Mobile officials have been asked to seek an acceptable alternative location for a proposed 110-foot-tall cell tower near the athletics complex at DeSales High School, 4212 Karl Road.

The tower also would have a 10-foot-tall lightning rod, bringing the total height to 120 feet.

Bill Logan, vice chairman of the Northland Community Council's development committee, said the proposed tower on property at 4171 Dresden St., which DeSales owns, would be too close to the adjoining residential district.

"Who wants to live in their apartment and look out at a cell tower that doesn't need to be there?" Logan said.

The NCC on April 24 tabled action on T-Mobile's request for the plan, which would require a variance from Columbus City Council because the property is zoned suburban residential.

Logan said the community council would like to see the pole located somewhere else on the six acres and farther away from the residential neighborhood.

Dan Garrick, principal of DeSales, said the school would accept another spot for the tower if the NCC and T-Mobile can agree on a site.

The plan is to relocate the varsity baseball diamond farther from the high school and place the tower east of the football field, Garrick said.

The diamond itself, following a long tradition, will not be lit. The current facility also is not set up for night games, Garrick said.

"We're not looking to light that baseball field, in fairness to our neighbors," he said, adding that the proposed moderate-wattage lighting would be for safety purposes at a parking lot near the athletics fields.

The expansion would come with some additional parking near the site. A house at the location would be razed and the overgrown property would be cleaned up, Garrick said.

"I think it would be an aesthetic improvement of the neighborhood," he said.

T-Mobile would lease a portion of the property from DeSales, Garrick said.

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