MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A wireless communications company has asked the Martinsburg Planning Commission to approve a site plan for locating cellular equipment on top of a six-story residential complex owned by the city's public housing authority.
U.S. Cellular Corp.'s proposed installation on top of Ambrose Towers at 703 Porter Ave., along with a developer's proposal to build an 11-building, 156-apartment complex west of Interstate 81, are expected to be reviewed tonight at the commission's monthly meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in City Hall's council chambers at 232 N. Queen St.
Cathy Dodson, executive director of the City of Martinsburg Housing Authority, said the agency tentatively agreed to lease space on the building's "elevator penthouse" for 20 years at a rate of $1,200 per month, which would amount to $288,000.
"It's money that we can use to make improvements to the building," Dodson said of the complex built in 1974.