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Three cell phone towers proposed

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett may be getting taller.

Three proposals to build telecommunications towers that are nearly 200 feet high will be heard by the county's Board of Commissioners tonight. Residents in at least one neighborhood say they don't want the cell phone tower looming over their homes.

"It will be more difficult to sell our homes in a timely manner, we'll have to lower the price," Peachcrest Drive resident Wayne Mock said. "It will have a negative impact on aesthetics."

Mock said more than 125 people have signed a petition requesting that the 185-foot T-Mobile tower at 2129 Old Peachtree Road be denied. Two other towers at 199 feet and 184 feet respectively are proposed for 353 Sweetgum Road and 12 Bethesda Church Road, all in Lawrenceville.

All three towers are in County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly's district. Kenerly did not return phone calls seeking more information about the proposals, but said previously that he could not recall the last time a tower was approved in a residential area.

In November, a 155-foot T-Mobile tower was denied near Coopers Pond Drive in Lawrenceville.

Mock said his neighborhood is close to a commercial corridor, where the tower would be more appropriate, and that two nearby churches have expressed interest in having the Old Peachtree Road tower built on their property, so they could profit from leasing the land.

If the tower is built, Mock said, it would destroy the aesthetics near Freeman's Mill Elementary School in a neighborhood where underground utilities were a draw for many residents.

Staff writer Ryan Crawford contributed to this article.