Attendance was high at the Jan 30 meeting to discuss a proposed project located at Calvary Chapel of Eugene, at 4060 W. Amazon Drive, Eugene.
The proposal is for the installation of a new wireless facility, in order to bring 4G service to this area of Eugene. This project will improve connectivity for voice, data, and text, ensuring a stronger and more reliable network in the area. The proposed facility is designed to look like an evergreen tree (“monopine”), in order to blend with the existing landscaping and tree cover in the area. The ground equipment enclosure is proposed to appear as part of the existing church structure.
Aaron Taylor, pastor of the church, and consultants for AT&T presented the plan to a diverse audience of interested parties. Members of the church , nearby and not so nearby neighbors listened and then participated in an open forum. A few neighbors spoke of the need for improved cell phone service in the neighborhood but many more spoke out to oppose the chosen location.
Pastor Taylor indicated that no final decision on how to proceed will be made for at least two weeks. Southeast Neighbors will be notified by the city when any land use application is received and we will report it here.Neighbors expressed serious concerns with the potential environmental and health impacts of the microwave radiation, the impact on scenic values for the neighbors as well as the nearby Amazon Greenway, and impacts on property values for nearby neighbors.