Zoning board strikes down Muncie cell tower

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MUNCIE, Ind. — The fight is over.

For two weeks, neighbors in Muncie have protested a proposed cell phone tower across the street from their houses.

Tonight, all five zoning board members in attendance voted no to a proposed cell tower off West Jackson Street, between Ivywood Drive and Stonegate Drive.

The dozens of neighbors who showed up to oppose Crown Castle’s zoning request, were delighted.

The company was proposing to build a cell phone tower right across from the Jackson Crossing subdivision.

A company rep said the lot has been vacant for decades because of the railroad and they’d be finally putting the land to use.

Plus, he said it would relieve the data use overload for Verizon’s current towers in the area.

But neighbors argued it would be an eyesore that would hurt their property values and the board sided with them.

“The energy level is just soaring,” says Greg Harty, who presented tonight. “This has been a project that we’ve known about for maybe 10 days. I love technology. I love research. But this was like pressure beyond belief to make sure this didn’t happen.”

Crown Castle can go to the courts to appeal tonight’s decision.

The company representative refused to comment on whether they plan to do that.