Communications Monopole - 1210 Sterling St S
The applicant is proposing the installation of a 195-foot monopole to house telecommunications equipment that currently resides on a ski jump managed by the St Paul Educational Foundation. The non-profit wants to move the equipment off the ski jump due to concerns about the structure not being able to hold needed equipment upgrades. Currently, the ski jump has three wireless carriers. The proposed monopole would provide space for four wireless providers and one emergency response equipment.
At this time, the applicant does not have an agreement with any public agencies to be located on the tower. City code limits the height of towers to 125 feet in residential zoning districts and 175 feet in non-residential districts. In addition, towers are required to be setback from the nearest residential structure the height of the tower plus 25 feet – in this case 120 feet. To move forward, the applicant needs approval of a variance for tower height and for the setback to the home to the south. The neighbor to the south has submitted an email to the city in support of the project and the applicant has stated the monopole is being designed to have a 50 percent breakaway design – meaning the farthest the pole would fall from the foundation is 97.5’ which is within the ski jump property.