Green group: Taller, fewer cell towers preferred

But for the Council, taller towers are more desirable than several at the same location.

"Even a slightly taller tower will have less environmental impact than having to construct a second tower," Lorey said. "Depending on locations, a second tower may require additional tree cutting, road building and utilities to be installed."

APA staff and cell carrier executives have said that in order for co-location to be effective, towers would have to be significantly taller to accommodate multiple cellular arrays.

According to cell carrier officials, the average cost of construction of towers statewide is $57,000, while in the Adirondack Park, the cost doubles to about $104,000.

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