Some Don't Want New Cell Phone Tower in Rosewood Neighborhood

A group of residents want to stop a new cell phone tower from coming to the Rosewood neighborhood.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A 130 foot cell phone tower may be built in the Rosewood neighborhood of Columbia, but some residents are trying to block it.

Nicholas Hymer and his wife Christina are new to the Columbia area. They're excited about what's here like City Roots and Owens Field Park and excited about what's to come like the new Hunter Gatherer Brewery.

"Rosewood is a really great community to live in. It's a neighborhood village, lot's of families moving in," Christina said.

There's one idea that is causing concern.

"We're doing everything we can to get the word out and bring residents to action on this," Nicholas said.

A T-Mobile cell phone tower could be built at 3624 Rosewood Drive, just next door to the Columbia Arts Academy. Mt. Pleasant company Optima Towers IV is behind the project. According to the plans, the tower is described as "low profile stealth" with four antennas planned for the future. We were unable to reach a representative for comment, but the City of Columbia said no plans have been submitted.

"I think this just sends the wrong message for lots of the momentum into the neighborhood," Christina said.

A public meeting will be held Thursday to discuss the project at the Jim Hamilton L.B. Owens Airport. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.

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