February 15, 2019
Supervisors unanimously OK permit for Hume tower
File Photo/Don Del Rosso
Calvert Crossland, which will construct and own the Hume tower, built this one near Casanova in 2017.
Like others in much of rural Fauquier, residents of the Hume area have gone without broadband Internet access and reliable cellphone service.
I hope they’re feeling the love in Hume tonight on this.
— Supervisor Mary Leigh McDaniel
• Topic: Special exception permit to allow a 145-foot telecommunications tower on Leeds Manor Road near Hume.
• When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.
• Agency: Fauquier Board of Supervisors.
• Length: 10 seconds.
• Where: Warren Green Building, 10 Hotel St., Warrenton.
• Applicant: Calvert Crossland LLC of Baltimore, Md., and Verizon Wireless.
• Property owner: Charles P. Fuller.
• Zoning: Rural.
• Planning commission: Commission on Jan. 17 voted, 5-0, to recommend approval of the special exception permit application.
• Next: Tower builder Calvert Crossing LLC expects to complete construction of the 145-foot monopole by July or August; about three months later, Verizon Wireless and Springfield, Mass.-based Omnipoint Technology, should begin providing cell phone and internet service, respectively.
As expected, Fauquier’s board of supervisors Thursday night unanimously approved a special exception permit to construct a 145-foot telecommunications tower near Hume.
“I have been waiting for this since I was elected” to the board in November 2015, said Supervisor Mary Leigh McDaniel, whose Marshall District includes the 14.8 acre-site at 5060 Leeds Manor Road. “The original special permit for this tower was passed over six years ago.”
In January 2013, the five-member board unanimously approved A&TT’s special exception permit to construct a 155-foot tower to serve the Northern Fauquier village and surrounding area. Hume and nearby residents overwhelmingly backed the project.
But for various reasons the tower never got built and the special exception permit expired.
“I hope they’re feeling the love in Hume tonight on this,” Ms. McDaniel said moment before the board’s approval of the project.
The county planning commission in January unanimously recommended approval of Baltimore-based Calvert Crossland LLC’s and Verizon Wireless’s special exception for the tower.
Towers that exceed 80 feet require special exception approval by the supervisors.
With no speakers on the proposal, the board’s public hearing Thursday night at the Warren Green building in Warrenton lasted about 10 seconds.
“I think it’s huge,” Calvert Crossland Principal Barb Privec said of the supervisors’ vote. “I think it’s huge for Hume, because if you don’t have infrastructure, you don’t have connectivity.
“They going to get better (cell phone) connectivity with Verizon and better internet” from Springfield, Mass.-based Omnipoint Technology.
Calvert Crossland will construct and own the tower and lease space on it to carriers.
Construction of the Hume tower should be completed by July or August, Ms. Pivec said.
Both Verizon and Omnipoint should be providing service three months later, she estimated.
Calvert Crossland has played a pivotal role in the county’s efforts to extend broadband to Fauquier’s unserved and underserved areas.
In November 2016, the company received special exception permit approval from the supervisors to construct a 140-foot tower near Casanova. Calvert Crossland completed the structure by November 2017.
Leasing tower space, Omnipoint began serving the area by July 2018 and Verizon by last December.
In June 2018, the supervisors granted Calvert Crossland a special exception permit to construct a 195-foot tower near Goldvein in Southern Fauquier. That tower should be completed in early February, according to Ms. Pivec.
Ms. Pivec hopes Verizon and Omnipoint will be serving the Goldvein area by spring.
Her company continues to review potential tower sites near Catlett, Warrenton, Botha west of Opal and Orlean, she said.
Contact Don Del Rosso at Don@FauquierNow.com or 540-270-0300.
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mkeeney · February 16, 2019 at 7:49 am
so we get a tower in Hume. Please tell us who will get the service, what area is going to be covered. I live on 647, between Orlean and Flint Hill. Will that area receive a benefit from this. I'd like to get excited and feel the love, but you did not provide an answer to the question that those of us who live 10 miles from hume are asking. thanks for you response...
Paul Conlin · February 15, 2019 at 5:20 pm
If there is anyone left in Hume that doesn't yet have Internet or cell service in their home, Blaze Broadband is currently providing high speed Broadband and home phone service from the top of Rattlesnake Mountain, a natural "tower" 1,200 feet higher than this new steel tower. Once on Blaze you get excellent Internet and can use WiFi calling to get 5 bars of cell service throughout your house.
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