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Va. firm seeks city land for 150-foot tower

April 27, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A Virginia telecommunications company that has plans to build a 150-foot cellular tower in Hagerstown's West End is to seek approval from the City Council tonight to lease land from the city.Shenandoah Mobile Co., or Shentel, which is based in Edinburg, Va., would build the tower atop city-owned land at Hagerstown Business Park along Burhans Boulevard, according to a copy of the site agreement.

Shentel would still have to go through other city administrative processes to build the tower, including site plan approvals and building permitting, city attorney William Nairn said Monday.

If the council approves the measure tonight, the city would enter into the lease agreement, Nairn said. The agreement would become effective in a matter of days, he said.

According to the latest version of the site agreement, Shentel would rent city-owned land at Hagerstown Business Park off Burhans Boulevard.

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The city would lease the 100- by 100-foot piece of land to Shentel for 40 years, according to a copy of the agreement.

There are provisions in the agreement for Shentel to opt out early, but shortly after a building permit for the tower is issued, Shentel would begin paying the city $650 a month. There are provisions to increase the rent every five years.

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