RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency has approved a plan from Verizon Wireless to build a 129-foot cell tower disguised as a tree in Keene Valley.
The tower will be located behind the Neighborhood House near several tall white pine trees, APA planner George “Skip” Outcalt told the agency’s Regulatory Programs Committee Thursday morning. At a height of 129 feet, he said the tower is one of the largest the agency has approved.
A visual analysis of the structure, which took place in August 2008, found the tower will be visible in the hamlet of Keene Valley, but can’t easily be discerned from trails and mountains in the surrounding area.
“It’s going to blend into the landscape well from those more distant viewpoints,” Outcalt said. “In my opinion, it clearly is substantially invisible.”
The APA board also voted unanimously Thursday to approve Alan Oppenheim’s plan to build 12 condominium units on the site of the former White Stag Inn, located off of state Route 86 in the town of Wilmington.
The Whiteface Overlook project, across the road from Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, includes three two-story structures, each consisting of four condominium units. The condos will be served by on-site septic systems.