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Hearing Tuesday On Ridgewood Cell Tower

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Cell Tower with Tree Disguise (file / credit: Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Cell Tower with Tree Disguise (file / credit: Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

RIDGEWOOD, NJ (CBSNewYork) - Neighbors in Ridgewood who oppose the construction of a new cell phone tower are planning to make their voices heard on Tuesday.

WCBS 880′s Sean Adams On The Story

The proposed T-Mobile cell tower made to look like a tree would stand nearly as tall as the Statue of Liberty – 125 feet.

It would be about 90 feet from Anthony Haransige’s home.

“We’ll be looking outside our bathroom window and when my kids play in the backyard, it’s… towering over them,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

“People don’t really necessarily believe what T-Mobile is saying, that there’s no health effects from a tower of this size,” said Eric Gross, who lives down the street. “The sight of it is just going to be completely ugly.”

1st Street and Barnett Place is a sleepy residential neighborhood. There are plenty of small shops over on North Maple Avenue – the wrong place for a cell tower, says a resident who is worried about property values.

“The gentleman on the corner just his house and because of the cell tower proposal he had to take a big loss on the home,” the resident said.

Residents will protest tomorrow night at meeting when T-Mobile seeks variances from the zoning board of adjustment.

T-Mobile has had no comment, aside from a notice that it is seeking the variance.

The hearing is Tuesday at the village hall.

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