A new cell phone tower in the Redlands promises to increase coverage but some residents say it's polluting the view.
"Yes, this is an eye sore," said Kevin Mussro, who owns a home in the Redlands off of South Camp Road.
Mussro watched last week as the tower was built. "I saw one layer of metal go up and I thought, 'wow, is someone building a house or what'?"
The construction caught the eye of many area residents, many wondering what was being built.
The area of the Redlands near Wingate Elementary School is known for its poor wireless reception. According to Grand Junction city officials, this has made operations difficult for emergency services.
"This tower is located in an area that is basically going to cover one of those gaps and fill the need for communications in that area," said Lisa Cox, a planning manager for the city of Grand Junction.
The decision to build the tower came after existing cell phone infrastructure attached to a nearby water tank became maxed out.
With any construction project like this, building can only take place after a public comment process.
"We try to provide as much information as possible and in a variety of ways to reach the most number of people," Cox said.
Folks in nearby neighborhoods within 500ft of the tower (1000 feet for nearby HOAs) were notified and adds were taken out in the newspaper.
The public hearing actually took place in July and construction of the tower went through over the past two weeks.
Many we talked to in nearby neighborhoods did not know the tower was going to be build and weren't necessarily pleased with its placement on the hill.
Mussro lives outside of the notification range.
"I think that we're going to see more and more of this down the road and again as long as there is communication, I think communication is what it all boils down to."
In the Canyon Rim neighborhood, nearest the tower, many admitted that if the tower could give them a better cell signal then it might be worth the eye sore up on the hill.