WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – The New Hanover County Planning Board voted to approve a permit that would allow a 154-foot-tall telecommunications tower to be built off South College Road in Wilmington. The approval is conditional that the barbed wire fence be concealed.

The property owner, Arab Shrine Club H Corp, is working with the Williams Mullen law firm to request a special use permit to build the tower on the 4.37-acre property located at 4510 South College Road.

The proposed tower would be a “slick stick” style monopole, considered a stealth pole because the antennas are hidden inside, according to applicant materials.

Experts speaking on behalf of the applicant said their study indicated the tower would not impact property values.

Board members agreed with the applicant’s assertion that the tower will boost cell service in the community, which is a modern necessity.

During the meeting, a neighbor who has lived in a nearby community for 20 years spoke about health and safety concerns with the tower as well as concerns over the impact on property values.

The site is developed as a social organization building with car parking. There are homes about 350 feet to the north of the proposed tower and 400 feet to the west.

Planning staff said the tower will support business and economic prosperity, and will not hurt nearby property values.

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