MAILBAG: New Verizon tower in GHT

Jon from Grand Haven Township asked: "I remember a Tribune story about a new Verizon cell phone tower in the middle of the township. I live in the area of Mercury Drive and Comstock Street, and my service is poor. When's that tower going up?"
Mark Brooky
Jul 27, 2012



Jon, you are referring to this story in the Tribune: "New Verizon tower expected to be built soon" (Jan. 11, 2012).

A new Verizon cell phone tower that was approved to be built in the township nearly a year ago is expected to go up within a few weeks, according to township officials.

Last February, the Grand Haven Township Planning Commission approved a special land use request from Verizon to build a wireless communication tower in the township’s industrial area near 172nd Avenue and Johnson Street. The 120-foot-monopole tower will also include a triangular antenna platform.

Nearly a year has passed and the tower has yet to be built.

Verizon has until the end of next month to submit its building plans for the tower to the township or face another round of site plan approval.

“Their special land use plan is only good through the end of February,” said Township Manager Bill Cargo. “A special land use is only good for a year — it’s not a year yet. If they can get their building permit to us before the end of February, they’re fine.”

According to a Jan. 7 memo from Cargo, “the building application is expected within the next few days.”

Once the building permit for the tower is submitted to the township, Cargo said the tower should go up “very quickly.”

Well, since that article was written, very little seems to have happened. The tower still isn't in operation.

So we contacted Township Manager Bill Cargo, who told us the cell tower does not yet have the final approval of a township electrical permit, and the township has not been asked to provide any inspections since an electrical connection inspection on June 21.

"I have a call into Verizon, but do not have a time frame as to when the tower will be made operational," Cargo said. "I would contact the local Verizon stores. They are often the first to be notified as to when the tower will be made operational for the purposes of selling the coverage."

Thanks, Bill. We did that. The manager of the Verizon store at 406 N. Beacon Blvd. in Grand Haven said they have not heard anything new from corporate. They even checked with the company's tech support division, and were only told that they were building the tower, but had no completion date.



thats no surprise!! I also live out in the township, 148th & service out here sucks too. I was wondering when the tower was going up too but I got sick of paying verizons prices for basically only texting on my phone because I'd have to use the house phone if I ever had to make a call. I was lucky to ever get 1 bar at my house. I recently switched to virgin mobile & have better service here. Their coverage isnt great everywhere, I still drop calls driving on Comstock (did the same with verizon) but its cheaper & I get better signal at home.


Yes we need this tower bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tower is up and but not on line yet
Verizon need improve service in area or lose a lot of customers real soon
I heard it been up since about June but still not serving Verizon customers
Verizon need get this on line !!!


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