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Albemarle Residents Challenge Potential Cell Tower

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An Albemarle County neighborhood is battling it out with a popular cellphone carrier. Those in the Key West neighborhood asked AT&T Monday night to find a new home for its planned cell tower.

Many who live in the area were upset as they voiced their concerns to AT&T, saying the company needs to put the tower somewhere else - not in their backyard.

A representative from AT&T laid out plans for the tower, which would be just above 100 feet tall and sit right above the tree line - part of a requirement in the county's wireless policy that regulates visibility.  But many Key West residents believe it will not only still be visible, but that it will also harm wildlife, hurt property values and even be harmful to their health.

One resident who believes she got cancer from a cell tower near her previous home says that if this tower is built, others will soon follow.

"This is a precedent and I do ask everyone in Albemarle County if they would be willing to have a large cell tower in the middle of their neighborhood. How would you feel about it? Most people would not feel good about it," said Amy Eichenberger, who lives in Key West.

Right now the plan is under review by the county. A petition against it is circulating.

The representative only went into detail about the actual plan for the tower and was unable to address health and financial concerns Monday night.

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