GREENBURGH, N.Y. – A proposal to add 20 antennas throughout Greenburgh won't go forward as planned.
Greenburgh town officials on Tuesday unanimously rejected an application from NextG to add the antennas in several residential areas.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said in a press release the town board felt NextG had failed to show its proposed antennas were "needed to provide coverage to an area of unincorporated Greenburgh that currently has inadequate coverage."
NextG said it wanted to put antennas in several residential areas to provide more coverage in unincorporated Greenburgh, such as the area from the Central Avenue Business District to the Sprain Brook Parkway and an area near the Saw Mill River Parkway and New York State Thruway.
NextG provides service for MetroPCS with 38 antennas in Rye, White Plains and New Rochelle.
Feiner said NextG's proposal did not comply with the town code, which strives for minimal intrusiveness. Feiner said the board would review NextG's application, but it would need to be changed to meet the code and to show how service could not be solved by putting antennas in non-residential areas.
Residents, including the Edgemont Community Council, have heavily criticized the proposed locations of the antennas.
The Edgemont Community Council lauded the board's decision on its Facebook page while criticizing what they see as Feiner's efforts to work out a “back-room deal” on the matter.
“The Town's findings today are consistent with the arguments made at the hearings by the Edgemont Community Council which consistently urged the Town Board to enforce the Town's own Antenna Code,” the council wrote.