An application to install a 75-foot-tall cell-phone tower at the Eichler Swim and Tennis Club in Palo Alto has been withdrawn.
On Thursday (Nov. 18), AT&T withdrew its application to the City of Palo Alto for planning review and requested a refund of any fees that have not been expended. Trillium Consulting, a Pleasanton, Calif., company, made the application and withdrawal on behalf of AT&T.
The proposed tower for the site at 3539 Louis Road has generated controversy because residents say it is too close to schools and homes.
AT&T and other telecommunications providers are in a building boom of cell towers and antennae, as they work to accommodate coverage for the burgeoning market.
The companies are searching for places to put the towers and other transmission equipment in order to provide adequate reception to customers, but some sites in residential areas are raising concerns of residents who fear radiation exposure.
Another AT&T tower at St. Albert the Great Church on Channing Avenue also recently caused consternation among some residents, who claim radiation from the towers would be harmful. But AT&T spokespersons and Palo Alto officials have said in the past that any radiation is far below federal limits.
Dave Yocke, land-use planner for Trillium, said he did not know why AT&T asked him to withdraw the application.
"They have so many sites going, some are more important than others," he said.
AT&T spokesman Lane Kasselman said AT&T decided to withdraw the application based on the need to build higher than the current city height limit.
"We've determined we'll need to build to a height of at least 75 feet, and the city height limits are significantly lower. We are, however, committed to providing increased wireless capacity to our customers in the area and are working to determine an alternative solution," he said.