CORNWALL, Ontario – Rogers Communications is eyeing a one-acre slab of land in the city’s west end for a new cell tower.
City council was briefed on the plan Monday night. Councillors consented to the Rogers’ plan which is to erect a 50 m tower at an open piece of land at 244 Saunders Dr. – the previous home to a sports bubble facility. The city owns a six-acre plot in that area that could be severed to lease to Rogers.
The move would net the city more than $230,000 if both sides agree to a proposed 20-year term.
“Rogers Communications Inc. is in the process of improving its’ wireless coverage in the Cornwall service area,” reads a report to city council that was discussed Monday night. “It is presumed that the local region cell quality service will collectively be improved for users.”
The impact of the project to nearby residential properties in the Riverdale neighbourhood is expected to be minimal, given the proximity to major hydro corridors which contain significant numbers of towers for power lines and the like.
Rogers must complete other work, including public consultations, before the project can become a reality.