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Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission votes "no" on proposed communication tower

Plans for the tower show it would be constructed at 519 East Harrison Street, also known as the former Washington School. (KTVO File)

Plans to construct a new communication tower in downtown Kirksville received a unanimous "no" vote from members of the Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday.

Although planning and zoning voted against the measure, it will still move to Kirksville City Council for consideration.

Plans for the tower show it would be constructed at 519 East Harrison Street, also known as the former Washington School.

The tower is designed as a tripod style with lattice crossings and is projected to stand 190 feet tall.

Mark Twain Communications is pursuing the project in order to provide wireless internet within portions of Kirksville.

Although the land is centrally located for Mark Twain, city documents state the land is not necessarily appropriate for the tower.

A document reads "The neighborhood surrounding the former Washington School is teetering on the edge of what would be considered a declining neighborhood."

Kirksville City Council members are expected to discuss the project during a meeting later this month.

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