Addition of 5G Cell Towers Concerns Some Kensington Residents

One San Diego neighborhood has raised concern over the construction of new cell phone towers.

Palm trees and light posts line the streets of Kensington. Now, some residents are saying the addition of new cell towers will ruin the neighborhood.

NBC 7 has learned several smaller, free-standing 5G cell phone antenna towers are moving through the permitting process for Kensington.

Resident Phil Lancaster said the news surprised him and his neighbors.

“We don’t know what they’re going to look like, where they’re going to go,” he said. “We were trying to figure out are they going to go in alleys? Are they going to put them on sidewalks?”

San Diego City Councilmember Georgette Gomez represents Kensington. Her office said its staff is trying to get answers to those and other questions regarding the new towers.

Crown Castle, the company that has requested the permits for the towers, declined to comment on our story.

A petition opposing the towers is circulating around the village, arguing that there could be dozens of towers ruining the feel of the neighborhood.

Gomez’s staff members say they expect to have more information on the towers by Wednesday night’s Kensington-Talmadge Planning Group Meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Copley-Price Family YMCA Community Room at 4300 El Cajon Boulevard. 

This isn't the first time the community of Kensington has rallied against the installation of cell phone towers. NBC 7's Omari Fleming reported on a similar petition drive in 2015. 

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