Allen Street cell tower back for consideration before Auburn industrial development board

The Rochester telecommunications company that in 2015 proposed building a 150-foot-tall cell tower on Allen Street near Case Avenue is in the process of resubmitting a site plan application to the Auburn Industrial Development Authority for approval.

The project, when first proposed by Crown Castle, was met with concern and opposition from neighboring property owners, who eventually retained a lawyer and challenged the tower's construction in court. In December 2016, Cayuga County Court Judge Mark Fandrich ruled to nullify the project's site plan application and the lease agreement between Crown Castle and AIDA because AIDA's then-executive director, Andrew Fish, signed the lease without proper authorization from the board.

Wednesday, during AIDA's monthly board meeting, board members discussed the proposed project, but did not make any decisions or vote on any resolutions as Crown Castle has not yet submitted all the necessary documentation to the agency. The board will have to vote to approve the site plan application in the future before the project can move forward because AIDA owns the land the company wants to build on. Then, the company will need to submit its plan to the city of Auburn Planning Board for further approval. Cayuga Economic Development Agency Executive Director Tracy Verrier said the board had expected the documents from Crown Castle two months ago and does not know when she will receive them.

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