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Columbus Board of Zoning Postpones Tower Vote Until October

The committee will not decide on the tower's fate until next month.

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Photo: Gretchen Frazee/WFIU News

A Columbus radio station wants to build a new broadcast tower downtown. Some residents say it'll be a blight.

Columbus residents turned out to Tuesday’s board of zoning appeals meeting in both protest and support for the building of a 200-foot radio tower in the city’s downtown.

During the public comments, Dale Nowlin spoke against the tower being built, saying he has actively campaigned against it since the idea was first proposed last summer.

“Columbus architecture is a big deal. It brings people to our community but also gives as identity as a community. This would definitely be a blight on that,” Nowlin said.

Michael Thomas is the attorney for Q-Mix radio, the station asking the city to grant zoning exceptions so it can build a tower on its property. He said the new structure is needed to provide customers with a better signal and keep the station in business.

“We want some progress,” Thomas said. “We want jobs. We want to do it reasonably and responsibly and safely. And that’s what we’re going to do.”

Opponents of the measure say the radio tower will mar Columbus’ skyline and will reduce the property value of homes nearby. Supporters say it necessary to keep local jobs and provide the public with valuable information. The board says it will consider the radio station’s request as well as the public comments and will readdress the proposal at a meeting next month.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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