Removal of Stonecrest Cell Phone Tower
On or about January 16th, 2019 my wife and I discovered there was a cell phone tower being installed behind our neighborhood. After we did some checking we found this tower was approved for installation next to a Seventh Day Adventist School, Playground and Church, our sub-division, and one other sub-division. We were quite surprised that a 199 foot tall commercial cell phone tower, with co-location antenna arrays, could be approved for installation in a residential district. We contacted the Seventh Day Adventist Church leaders and found they were in fact approached by a cell phone tower company to install a tower on their property, but they refused as the cell phone tower company would not agree to their conditions on the limitation of the tower. Apparetly either the same cell phone tower company or the current cell phone tower company, Vertical Bridge Development LLC, started working with "REO Funding Solutions III LLC" which owned the property behind the SDA Church. They worked for two years to get local permitting, the FCC licensing, and studies completed to have a cell tower placed at 3610 Evans Mill Road, just behind the SDA church and within 370 feet of the SDA playground. All the while keeping the project secret from the public at large. There was only one public notice made, and it was placed in a newspaper that did not meet the requirements for public notices by the city of Stonecrest. No notice was placed on the property either, again keeping the project from public view. After more research on the property was completed we found that in fact the property is not blanket commercial--it is zoned conditionally commercial and is in a RR or rural residential zone, which does not allow for commercial zoning. After more investigation, we found a document that showed back in 1976 an application was made to conditionally re-zone the property from R-100 ( a residential designation) to C-2 (a commercial designation) for a summer day camp for children. The name of the camp . . . . . none other than the Raggdy Ann and Andy Child Care Center. So other than for running a day care the property is still zoned R-100 for residential use only -- not for a commercial 199 foot tall cell tower. This is the reason for this fund raiser, quite frankly is to remove a commercial cell tower that is not supposed to be here. This fund raiser is for legal fee associated with removing the Cell Phone Tower at 3610 Evans Mill Road in Stonecrest, Georgia. It is to remove a physical and RF radiation safety hazard from the community. This is for the benefit of the residents living in Heritage Estates, Belair Estates, the Congregation at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Children attending the Seventh Day Adventist Academy in Stonecrest, Georgia, and the surrounding community. All funds will go to legal fees for the case against the developer of the cell phone tower project at 3610 Evans Mill Road. We have acquired legal representation through the law firm of Weissman. The initial retainer fee is 5,000.00 dollars. Any unused funds will be donated to the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Stonecrest, Georgia and or to acquire the property at 3610 Evans Mill Rd., Stoncrest Ga, tear down the tower, and turn it into a park for the community named "Raggdy Ann and Andy Park" after the children's day care center that was originally supposed to be there--not a commercial, 199 foot tall, co-location, cell phone tower.+ Read More
We just had a meeting on Wednesday night that updated the community on the facts of the legal case against the Cell Phone tower developer associated with zoning code violations. The Weissman Law firm is taking the case. Additionally we have the support of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and Academy. All parties interested in joining in the law suit should send the contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. The legal retainer fee is 5,000.00 dollars to start the suit. So any thing that each of us are able to give would be of great help.