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T-Mobile wanted to place a cell tower in Riverside. City Council members said no

The Wichita City Council has rejected a controversial cell tower proposed by T-Mobile for the Riverside neighborhood, even though the company offered to reduce the height from the original 100 feet and disguise it as a tree.
The Wichita City Council has rejected a controversial cell tower proposed by T-Mobile for the Riverside neighborhood, even though the company offered to reduce the height from the original 100 feet and disguise it as a tree.

The City Council has rejected a controversial cell tower proposed by T-Mobile for Wich‎ita's Riverside neighborhood.

The council denied a permit for the structure, although the company offered to reduce the height from the original 100 feet and disguise it as a tree. It had been planned on land adjacent to the Arkansas River, near the corner of 13th and Bitting.

The vote was 6-1 with only council member James Clendenin voting to allow it.

Neighbors had fought the plan since its inception, saying it would bring an eyesore to the historically significant area and harm property values.

Council member Cindy Claycomb made the motion to overturn the Planning Commission and deny the tower.

She said it does not fit the character of the Riverside area.

T-Mobile is erecting several towers around Wichita, saying they are needed to improve coverage and meet growing demand for mobile data service.

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