BY ZACK WINESTINE | Step off, jumbo 5G towers!
The New York State Historic Preservation Office, the agency currently conducting a Section 106 reviews of the installation of LinkNYC 5G towers, has now asked that all three of the pending towers in the West Village — 100 Horatio St., 100 Jane St. and 771 Greenwich St. — be moved to different locations.
SHPO had previously asked that the 445 West St. tower — next to Westbeth Artists Housing — be moved to a different site.
The state agency states it doesn’t want these cellular towers at their present locations because they are in or across the street from landmarked historic districts and individual landmarked buildings, implying that any new locations would have to be substantially farther away from historic district boundaries.
Opponents who have been battling the planned West Village towers are hailing it as a big win and are “grateful to SHPO for protecting our historic districts and landmarks.”
The city has contracted with the private company Boldyn Networks to install 2,000 of the futuristic-looking, three-story structures citywide. Boldyn now has the option of trying to override SHPO’s recommendations by appealing to the Federal Communications Commission. There is reason to believe this will not happen. But, if Boldyn does appeal, it can be sure that opponents will continue to fight it every step of the way.
Local groups, such as Save Gansevoort and Village Preservation, that have been involved in monitoring the tower sites were notified by the F.C.C. last Friday about the latest developments in the Section 106 reviews of the local towers.