Verizon is applying to construct a new cell tower on a mini-storage facility’s property in Lacey, Washington. They are looking to build a 120-foot tower, and more than likely the process will be approved, as the subject property is zoned commercial, making the approval much simpler. According to The Olympian, “One of the storage units would be used to enclose equipment at the base of the tower to comply with a city requirement that the equipment be screened from view. Verizon says it needs the new tower to improve wireless service in the area, according to information included for the City Council meeting.”
If the proposal receives final approval, it is important that the owner of the mini-storage facility is properly informed and represented prior to signing any agreement. He/ she must be sure to find out the true value for the use of their land, including any revenue sharing produced from co-locator income. Vertical Consultants has worked with all types of property owners, including several self-storage facilities, who are being paid below-market value for the use of their property. The primary reason for this is the lack of information and representation provided for these entities.