AT&T applied, or will apply, for cell towers at the following locations:
- Parking lot at Baillios (across the street from Vitamin Cottage)
- on the roof of Quail Run Clubhouse, 3101 Old Pecos Trail
- at Saint John’s College, near the Lower Dorm
- on the roof of Hotel Santa Fe
- at Burger King at the corner of St. Francis and Alameda, in the Dumpster area next to the gas station
- a co-location on a Qwest tower on City-owned land (I am unaware of the location)
- additional antennas on the Marcy Street tower
- Next to Capital High School, at 4851 Paseo Del Sol — already approved
- St. John’s Methodist Church (approved last year but under litigation)
- 2706 Senda Jarosa
- atop the PERA Building
- at the Agua Fria Fire Station
- Route 599 and North Saint Francis Drive
- Tano Road and US 84/285
Please contact Arthur at (505) 471-0129 if you live in the neighborhood of one of these locations and would like to get involved in fighting these proposals.
Saint John’s Methodist Church
This AT&T tower, concealed in a false chimney, is in operation. It was turned on on September 22, 2012. What used to be a small chimney now looks like this:
Hotel Santa Fe
To passersby, it looks like the hotel has built a fourth story. But it is really a façade for antennas: AT&T has installed a cell tower on the roof of the penthouse, whose walls have been extended upwards another nine feet to hide it. The hotel’s spa and fitness center are in the adjoining building on the second and third floor, just twenty feet away from where twelve antennas have been installed.
The hotel is owned by the Picuris Pueblo.
This project is still under appeal in New Mexico District Court, but construction was completed in June 2013 and the tower is fully operational.
Marcy Street Tower
New antennas will not be added to this downtown tower by AT&T. AT&T never picked up its permits for these antennas, and the permits have expired.
A new 75-foot “monopole,” at this site, described by some as resembling a giant tampon, went into operation in early 2013. It is across the street from Vitamin Cottage.
Capital High School
A new 100-foot-tall fake pine tree, adjacent to both Capital High School’s football field and its day care center, is also up and running.
This project will require a public hearing because AT&T is applying for exemptions from height and setback requirements, and also because it is a new tower in a historic district. The hearing is scheduled for November 12, 2013. The plans shows a 64-foot tower similar to the one recently built at Baillios.
Quail Run Clubhouse
This was originally planned as a 28-foot tower, but the Quail Run management decided that would be an eyesore, and so invited AT&T to put hidden antennas on the Commons Building instead. Unfortunately, the Commons Building doesn’t just house Quail Run’s administration. It also has a library, gym, spa, restaurant, and other facilities on the first floor. And on the second floor, directly beneath the planned antennas, are condos where residents live. This tower has been defeated. Due to opposition from Quail Run residents, the Quail Run board has voted not to sign a contract with AT&T.
St. John’s College