Workers are putting up a large AT&T Wireless cellular installation atop a Bonanza Drive building, an upgrade that the firm sees as being needed to boost service through a wide swath of Park City.
The installation crew put up scaffolding to allow them to more easily work at the site, known as the Rail Central building. The scaffolding and the installation itself is highly visible from vantages along the Bonanza Drive corridor.
Mark J. Fischer, who owns the building and has entered into a long-term agreement with the cellular carrier to lease the space for the installation, said the work is expected to be completed by early November. He said the upgrade will increase cellular and data capability in Prospector, Bonanza Park and Park Meadows. The installation involves 12 antennas.
"This tower at Rail Central is the permanent solution," Fischer said.
AT&T Wireless has been using what is known as a cellular-on-wheels, sometimes called a COW, to boost coverage in the area since prior to the Sundance Film Festival in January. Fischer said the cellular-on-wheels is located at The Yard on Kearns Boulevard, another property under his control.
Fischer said the crews will enlarge the elevator shaft of the building to cover the cellular installation. A shed is also being built on the grounds, on the west side of the property, to house equipment needed for the cellular installation.
The Park City Planning Commission in the spring approved the installation. The panel granted the permit that was needed after listening to testimony from a woman who lived nearby who was concerned about the health risks of living close to cellular technology like the installation.
Fischer said this week the AT&T Wireless installation meets federal and state regulations.
Cellular firms have consistently upgraded their service in the Park City area as the use of smart phones has increased. There have been service issues during the busiest times in Park City, most notably during Sundance.