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Nashua approves cell tower replacement in Mine Falls Park

Expect construction activity soon around the 180-foot cell tower in Mine Falls Park, which is set to be replaced with a newer, sturdier tower at no cost to the city.

Nashua is preparing to execute a contract with Verizon Wireless to build a new wireless communications facility at the site of the existing cell tower at 10 Whipple St. The work will be carried out by Verizon Wireless, which is footing the bill to rebuild the tower and expand the facility at its base. ...

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Expect construction activity soon around the 180-foot cell tower in Mine Falls Park, which is set to be replaced with a newer, sturdier tower at no cost to the city.

Nashua is preparing to execute a contract with Verizon Wireless to build a new wireless communications facility at the site of the existing cell tower at 10 Whipple St. The work will be carried out by Verizon Wireless, which is footing the bill to rebuild the tower and expand the facility at its base.

AT&T, Sprint, MetroPCS, U.S. Cellular, and T-Mobile currently lease space from the city on the tower. Verizon is hoping to join the group, but the existing tower can’t support another carrier.

Verizon will oversee reconstruction of the tower and charge existing carriers to migrate their equipment to the new pole to help offset the cost of the construction project.

Attorney Thomas Hildreth, of the McLane Law Firm, detailed the company’s plans at a March meeting of the Board of Public Works.

“There is considerable pent up need, even among your existing tenants,” he said at the time.

Members of the aldermanic Finance Committee signed off on the plan Wednesday. Once the cell tower is completed, the city will take ownership of the structure.

As part of the deal, Nashua is executing a 10-year lease agreement with Verizon.

The contract provides options to extend the lease for an additional 20 years, bringing the maximum potential lease period to 30 years.

Verizon Wireless will pay the city $26,400 to lease space on the tower during the first year of the contract, and the fee will increase 3 percent each year.

Jim Haddadin can be reached at 594-6589 or jhaddadin@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Haddadin on Twitter (@Telegraph_JimH).