Wireless company told to come up with more discreet way to hide antennas at East Boston parish

The Board of Appeal yesterday told T-Mobile to work with city planners to come up with a better way to hide 9 wireless-phone antennas than a large fake chimney at the Sacred Heart Parish rectory, 303 Paris St.

Board member Anthony Pisani said the painted, fiberglass "faux chimney" T-Mobile wants to install is just too large for the building.

"The faux chimney is so totally out of scale to the building that it draws much more attention," he said.

The board then agreed with Pisani to grant only tentative approval to the antenna to give the company some time to work with BPDA designers to come up with a less imposing design.

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    First world problems

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    And it's sad that City resources and TAXPAYER money is being WASTED debating hiding a friggin' ANTENNA.

    So you think major

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    So you think major corporations should be able to do whatever they hell they want on a private citizen's, businness's and/or organizations's or city's private property? You would just roll over and take it apparently.

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    This is not a case of a

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    This is not a case of a company "do[ing] whatever they hell they want." A private property owner is entering into a contract with a company to install an antenna array on their building for remuneration. And, in general, yes, people should free to do what they please with their property unless it infringes on the rights of others.

    Also, by definition, property owned by the city is public, not private.

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    Yep

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    You said the magic word.... "Private Property" because that's exactly what it is. The contractual agreement is between T-Mobile and that church. Not the city. The only thing the city has a say in the matter is if it meets code, and apparently it did when it was put up. So who's really at fault here.. the Church, T-Mobile, or the city (for approving this)

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    Oh boy!

    Developers say we're a real neighborhood now, so suddenly things like this matter.

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