Clearwire didn’t receive a very warm, fuzzy welcome the last time it tried to build a wireless antenna in Walnut Creek. That proposed structure was to go up near the playing fields of Walnut Heights Elementary and next door to residents. Parents and neighbors protested pretty loudly, and the Walnut Creek School District, on whose land the antenna would be built, told Clearwire no thanks.
AT&T is also facing opposition from residents in the Buena Vista neighborhood with its plans to build a wireless antenna on the grounds of St. Stephen’s Church, near open space.
The new proposal, again by Clearwire, would see the construction of three panel antennas, three internet service exchanges heads and one equipment cabinet on the roof of an 11-story office building near the BART station. The Planning Commission will discuss this proposal at its meeting Thursday evening.
The building, at 2121 North California Boulevard, does not sit next to a school playing field or look down into someone’s bedroom window. The parcel is surrounded by two other buildings, the BART tracks, a parking lot, and the BART tracks. The antenna’s three panels would be five feet high and go up on the roof of the building’s penthouse.