Published prices are too high

Discussion in 'Design, Development and Standards Discussions' started by Jason Fortier, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. Jason Fortier

    Jason Fortier Industry Observer

    Some of the lease/profit sharing agreements that the tower owners are giving municipalities are becoming outrageously high. It's almost as if the communities are pressuring the applicants to pay more if they want to get their project approved. Granted, zoning boards are supposed to be autonomous to city councils, but they're all financially tied at the hip when it comes to the need to bring in as much money as possible into the community's treasury.

    These published prices incorrectly skew the real market and the owner of a parcel in Podunk thinks their property should become a license to print money.
  2. Michael Weber

    Michael Weber Friend of the Community

    How high is too high?
  3. Blake Bowers

    Blake Bowers Industry Observer

    Jason, that is the same thing we see, or a municipality forcing the tower owner to provide free space to the city for their radio systems.

    Its not right, it simple blackmail. Do they require the gas station owner to provide free gas for the police cars?

    We donate space to a number of fire departments across the US, but we do that because we want to. Being forced to is totally unfair, but the big companies are willing to do whatever they have to do to get that ground lease.

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