MARTINEZ -- Contra Costa County supervisors should decide on an AT&T proposal to place a cell phone antenna at 110 Ardmore Road in Kensington at their Feb. 25 meeting, according to Supervisor John Gioia, who represents the West Contra Costa town.

Supervisors continued the issue from their meeting Tuesday to give the utility time to explore options to a plan to install the antenna at the top of a 50-foot-tall utility pole at the Ardmore Road site.

Neighbors have complained that the antenna would be unsightly and block views from locations east of the site close to Arlington Boulevard.

Supervisors on Dec. 17 turned back an appeal by residents of a Contra Costa planning commission decision approving six applications for AT&T cell phone antennas in Kensington but also directed the telecom giant to look for alternatives to the plan for 110 Ardmore Road.

Supervisors approved plans to mount antennas on PG&E poles at 121 Windsor Ave., 8 Sunset Drive, 18 Highgate Road, 4 Stratford Road and 248 Grizzly Peak Blvd. at the meeting.

Gioia said AT&T is considering lowering the antenna to about 30 feet above the ground on the 110 Ardmore Road pole or moving it to a PG&E pole about a block away.

AT&T was also looking at PG&E poles on Arlington Boulevard as alternatives, but "the feedback we received from PG&E was that no locations on Arlington Boulevard would work," Gioia said.


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AT&T lowered the number of proposed antennas in Kensington to six after its original plan to install nine antennas was opposed by the Kensington Municipal Advisory Council a year ago.

The six-antenna plan was approved by the county planning commission last fall.

In opposing the plans, residents cited health issues and complained that the antennas and support apparatus would block views from homes in hillside neighborhoods and reduce the value of homes that are close to the poles, among other concerns.