been more amenable to disguised designs.
Suzette Jensen said the tower's height and color wouldn't match the church's exterior, making it an instant eyesore. The pastor said that would not happen.
The First Presbyterian Church in Des Moines is working with Verizon to construct a tower that will be dressed up as an 11 story cross. The deal, which is being reviewed by a city zoning board, includes annual compensation to the church.
"We've been in favor of disguising them if you can and you can do it well," said spokesman Max Ashburn. But even some of the disguised towers are dead giveaways.
"We pay some pretty high property taxes. We feel very strongly that it's going to be a detriment to the value of our homes," she said, adding that neighbors are considering legal action.
"It's ridiculous," he said. "Churches put up crosses all the time that are simply crosses. This will be a cross that's also helping us to pay our bills."
"Like a lot of churches, we have to keep each year finding ways to pay our bills," pastor Ken Stubert said. "It's an unusual church that doesn't have to worry about something like that."
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Whatever the deception, the goal is the same: concealing the tall, slender cellphone towers that most Americans need but few want to see erected in their neighborhoods.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) One might be hidden in a cross on a church lawn. Others are disguised as a cactus in the desert, a silo in farm country or a palm tree reaching into a sunny sky.
Specific data on the number of stealth towers is limited, but STEALTH said it works on up to 800 projects a year. The Wireless Association, an industry trade group also known at CTIA, said the presence of towers in general around the country has dramatically increased over the years in an effort to expand coverage.
When Verizon first contacted the church last year, the company proposed standard designs for the tower. The church ultimately pushed for the cross shaped design, which mirrors a tower outside a church in the Minneapolis suburb of Eden Prairie.
"They always associate concealment as a tree," she said. "It's just so much more than that."
Cindy Wishart, a STEALTH spokeswoman, said the company is constantly educating people about the industry and its possibilities.
Solutions Inc., a South Carolina based company that offers hidden antennas and towers, has created dozens of multi tasking steeples and crosses over the years.
out of place. It also shows how sensitive the issue can still be.
Scenic America, a nonprofit that works to preserve scenery along the nation's roads, has generally opposed the building of more communication towers, but the group has Black Air Max 90 Ultra
At the end of 1997, the country had just over 50,000 cell towers. By the end of 2012, the most recent year for which information is available, that number had jumped to more than 300,000.
Jensen said the tower should be put in another location because space outside the church is too small. In Des Moines, a minimum 10 acre lot is needed for a communication tower. The church has just over three acres.
So called stealth cellphone towers have been around for more than two decades and appear to be growing in popularity. They have been concealed in a wide variety of ways, including in a stop sign in New Orleans, a pine tree in Kinnelon, New Jersey, and a water tower in San Dimas, California.
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In 1992, a BP sign at a gas station in Atlanta earned the distinction of being the first stealth cellphone tower in the country, according to the company. Designs have expanded over the years and now include a quirky pole in Liberty, Michigan, that looks like a pencil.
Stubert said he was surprised by the community backlash.
"You can tell right away that they're not what they pretend to be," Ashburn said. "Sometimes the attempt to cover them up actually makes it stand out more than if they just put up the tower."
People constantly need more data "to do all the different multimedia applications that are now part of their lives," Smith said, creating continual pressure to "add more capacity to our network to stay ahead of that demand."
Smith, of Verizon, would not go into detail about the tower, although she did say the company chooses locations that fit within a geographic radius and meet engineering specifications.
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