Verizon has erected the first of what could be three new cellular phone towers in the city. The new 70-foot tower near Commercial Ave. and 32nd St. went up earlier this week.
The tower sits behind commercial buildings, about a block north of 32nd St. and about 100 feet west of Commercial.
Anacortes is currently served by three Verizon towers outside the city, according to a consultant for Verizon. The consultant, Steven Top, told the City Council last June that the current towers are no longer adequate.
The city building permit describes the tower as a 70-foot pole with a slick stick profile that can be used as a flagpole. “Back when people had pagers, the cell towers could be miles apart, but now, people are downloading and watching movies at the bus stop so the towers need to be closer together.”
Verizon has recently re-submitted a permit for another tower at the city’s wastewater treatment plant at Fourth St. and T Ave. Top had told the Council that Verizon was looking at sites for two other towers; one inside the city and one outside the city.
In this photo by Keith Morgan, it appears antenna is visible at the top, but, under the city permit, they will be hidden behind covers integrated into the pole.
We don't have a date when Verizon's expanded service would start.