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Petition No. 748
Omnipoint Communications, Inc.
1 Fairfield Avenue
Danbury, Connecticut
Staff Report
December 14, 2005

On November 10, 2005, Omnipoint Communications, Inc. (T-Mobile) submitted a petition to the Connecticut Siting Council (Council) for a declaratory ruling that no Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need is required for installation of a 39-foot pole within a false chimney at a condominium building located at 1 Fairfield Avenue in Danbury, Connecticut. On December 8, 2005, Council member Edward S. Wilensky and Council staff member Robert Mercier met T-Mobile representatives Christine Farrell and Gregory Piecuch at the proposed site to review this petition.

T-Mobile proposes to construct a 40-foot wood false chimney at the south end of a wood frame condominium building. T-Mobile would install a 39-foot pole within the false chimney to accommodate three flush mounted antennas. Three equipment cabinets would be installed at the base of the chimney, surrounded by a wood frame fence that matches existing building construction.

The false chimney, designed to match existing building construction, would extend 15 feet above the south end of the condominium roof. The south end of the building is screened from adjacent properties by existing ridges and trees. An adjacent building to the north is screened by the existing condominium building which has a peak roof height of 33 feet at the north end.

T-Mobile notified all condominium residents, adjacent property owners and City officials of the proposal. No comment was received from the City, condominium residents, or adjacent landowners.