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Save the clock tower

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We are residents of Southampton Village who oppose the application by Metro PCS to the Board of Historic Preservation & Architectural Review (ARB) to install cell antennae and additional equipment in the Clock Tower at The First Presbyterian Church (2 Main Street, Southampton, NY) and to remove 4 eight foot sections of the historic wood next to one side of each of the tower's four clock faces and replace it with a facade of fiberglass and styrofoam stealth materials; all for the purpose of installing a public utility structure upon the Historic First Presbyterian Church, which is situated within an established historic district within the Village of Southampton, NY. In addition, if installed, people would have limited access to the "Clock Tower" because the FCC has set occupational exposure limits for close human proximity to the antennae. If this were to happen it would force the Corwin Family to discontinue a 130-year-old Southampton Village tradition of hand-winding and maintaining this historic clock and bell tower.

The iconic steeple is poised atop the church along with the clocks and bell tower, which was added in 1871. Because of its historic significance and preserved architecture, the Church is generally viewed as the most important attraction in Southampton Village, which regularly attracts tourists and visitors to our Village and for historical walking tours and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Southampton Village.

We ask that the ARB reject this application and preserve and protect the historical integrity of one of our treasured landmarks.

Residents who oppose Metro PCS’s application to the ARB to dismantle parts of the "Clock Tower" which has stood poised atop the Historic First Presbyterian Church on 2 South Main Street since 1843 and propose to replace sections of it with a façade composed of styrofoam and fiberglass all for the purpose of Metro PCS to install cell antennae.


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