by Rick Pezzullo –
A telecommunications company withdrew its plans last month to seek a special permit to install cellular antennas in three residential neighborhoods in the Village of Sleepy Hollow.
Mobilitie, the largest privately-held telecommunications infrastructure company in the United States, sent a brief letter to the village’s Planning Department stating its surprising decision without providing any explanation, according to Planning Board member Gordon Swartz, who noted at a March 22 meeting the company had withdrawn similar applications in other municipalities.
“They may be rethinking their approach,” he said.
During a public hearing in February, Paul Costa, a representative for Mobilitie, said the company had received permits in 500 municipalities nationwide to install small cells on utility poles and light poles. In Westchester, the cells have been placed in White Plains, Yonkers, Pelham Manor and New Rochelle.
In Sleepy Hollow, Mobilitie had been looking to attach the cells to increase service for Sprint customers on poles on 46 Pocantico Street, 16 Hudson Terrace and 227 North Washington Street.
Several village residents expressed concerns about the proposal in February, maintaining the cellular antennas would decrease property values and create health and safety hazards.
“I think it’s a joke,” said one resident. “Who’s going to be next? T-Mobile? Verizon? Will we have to be here every week?”