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‘Time’ for another cell tower

New cell tower disguised as clock

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‘Time’ for another cell tower

The cell tower structure now going up at Commerce and Yosemite avenues in Manteca.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED January 28, 2014 1:31 a.m.

Customers at Target, Home Depot, In-n-Out Burgers, Grocery Outlet, and Applebee’s among others in East Manteca will soon know what time it is without having to check their watch or cell phone.

All they will have to do is step outside and look up into the sky.

AT&T is erecting a 75-foot clock tower in the retail center on the southwest corner of Yosemite and Commerce avenues in order to camouflage cell antennas.

The triangle shaped tower will completely hide the antennas. The tower structure will match the architectural styles of the center’s other buildings that happen to include a T-Mobile store.

The equipment for the cell service at the base of the tower will be screened with a 6-foot masonry wall painted to match the rest of the retail center. It also will be landscaped. The tower is taking part of the approved site for a third building. That structure, not being built at this time, will be smaller than originally approved. The center wraps around the site where McDonald’s proposed building the replacement for their fast food restaurant located down the street on Yosemite next to Manteca Bowl.

Manteca will go from one clock tower currently to two by the end of February. The municipal transit station completed last year at Moffat Boulevard and South Main Street has a four-sided clock tower.

The AT&T tower is the second disguised tower in Manteca along the Highway 99 corridor. A monopole camouflaged as a giant palm tree stands behind the Christian Worship Center on Button Avenue.

The tower at Yosemite and Commerce is the first to advance through city hall for approval after the council in 2012 told staff they wanted no ugly cell phone towers in Manteca.

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