The proposed installation of a wireless telecommunications facility on an apartment building in Del Rey is being opposed by some community residents, including the Del Rey Homeowners and Neighbors Association.
AT&T proposes installing the wireless facility on top of the three-story Lido Equities building, which houses the Clear Creek Apartments, at 5105 Inglewood Blvd., adjacent to Ballona Creek, according to Mark Redick, chair of the Del Rey Neighborhood Council Land Use Urban Management Committee.
The City of Los Angeles Office of Zoning Administration addressed the application by AT&T at a public hearing Thursday, December 9th.
Anik Charron, zoning administrator, said the decision was delayed until Thursday, December 30th, to allow AT&T to consider a redesign of the proposed installation.
Some community residents who live within 500 feet of the site were notified about the hearing last month and became concerned about potential impacts from the project, said Anne Rice, a Del Rey resident.
Residents have expressed concern about health risks from radio frequency transmissions and property devaluation because of the facility on the building, she said.
A petition is being gathered to oppose the project and 125 signatures have already been included.
Some health effects from radio frequency radiation have been reported in areas around the country and Canada, including fire stations with cell towers on or adjacent to the building, claims the International Association of Fire Fighters in a resolution.
The resolution alleges that firefighters have experienced symptoms such as migraine headaches, extreme fatigue, disorientation and slowed reaction time, most reporting symptoms within the first week of antenna activation.
While a main concern with the proposed project is related to health effects, under federal communications law residents are unable to cite health risks as a reason for opposition, said Chris Nevil, Del Rey Homeowners and Neighbors Association president.
The Del Rey Homeowners board voted to oppose the project based on non-health-related impacts, including property devaluation, Nevil said.
Another issue of opposition for the homeowners board is having the commercial operation in a residential area, he said.
Redick said the Neighborhood Council Land Use Urban Management Committee will also have to look at non-health-related impacts, including the height limitations for the telecommunications system on top of the apartment building.
“The variance of height is where the issue would be fought,” Redick said. “For the health issue, there’s nothing we can do.”
The land use committee is scheduled to consider the proposed project at its meeting Tuesday, January 11th.
Community residents say they will continue to seek support for their opposition to the proposed wireless facility at the next hearing before the city zoning office, Rice said.
“The biggest thing is having lots of people show up at the next hearing,” she said.