MARTINEZ -- A revised plan to place an AT&T cell phone antenna atop a pole at 248 Grizzly Peak Blvd. in Kensington has received approval from the Contra Costa County Planning Commission.

The telecom giant received the go-ahead after it lowered the proposed height of the pole and antenna to 41 feet, 5 inches from 50 feet, 5 inches in response to a commission request for changes at its Sept. 25 meeting, said county project planner Francisco Avila.

At the same meeting, the commission approved plans to place five other antennas in Kensington over protests from a group of residents who wanted the antenna applications denied over concerns about health consequences, noise and other issues.

Residents also complained that the antennas and support apparatus will block views from homes in hillside neighborhoods and reduce the value of homes that are close to the poles.

The five antennas will be located on poles at 121 Windsor Ave., 8 Sunset Drive, 18 Highgate Road, 4 Stratford Road and 110 Ardmore Road.

In an advisory-only vote in July, the Kensington Municipal Advisory Council endorsed the antennas at 18 Highgate Road and 121 Windsor Ave. while rejecting the other four.

Residents have appealed the Sept. 25 decision on the five antennas to the county Board of Supervisors, which will have the final say.

The board will probably hear the appeal sometime in December, according to the office of Supervisor John Gioia of Richmond.


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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 rejected by the KMAC in February.