T-Mobile Seeking To Put Antennas In Wilmington Church Tower; Town Assessor Raises Tax Implications

WILMINGTON, MA — T-Mobile is looking to install three new antennas and remote radio units in the steeple of the Wilmington Congregational Church, located at 220 Middlesex Avenue.

The mobile operator company reached an agreement with the church last year and, after receiving a variance from the Board of Appeals, installed 3 antennas in the church tower. Under the new proposal, existing antennas would be shifted over a bit to make way for three additional ones.

The antennas are not visible from the outside.  The antennas are attached to cabling, which runs down the building into the basement.

Attorney Edward Pare, Jr., representing T-Mobile Northeast, recently met the Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team to review the proposal.

During the review, Town Assessor Karen Rassias noted that even though the church is exempt from paying taxes, the antennas would represent a taxable function on a tax exempt property.  Since the antennas are not being used for religious purposes, that portion of the property would be taxable, according to Rassias.  Pare will help facilitate a discussion between Rassias and the church over the matter.  The church is currently not paying taxes on the existing antennas.

The Wilmington Planning Board will initiate site plan review and consider a request to waive stormwater management permit requirements at its July 11 meeting.

Additional Projects To Keep An Eye On As They Go Through The Planning Board Process:

  • Invaleon Technologies is looking to install 6,298 portable solar panels on the rooftops of 40-50 Fordham Road.  The power would be purchased by Reading Municipal Light Department.
  • A 3-unit warehouse building (5,400 square feet) is being proposed behind Bob’s Auto Body at 319A Andover Street.

(NOTE: Cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau.)

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