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New Pitkin County communications site ready

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

EMMA – A sought-after Pitkin County communications site has been redeveloped and will be ready for tenants on Nov. 15.

A new, climate-controlled building and three new towers have been constructed atop Crown Mountain, above the Emma Schoolhouse near Basalt. The new facility will handle emergency communications in Pitkin County, Aspen and Basalt, including 911 services along with police and fire communications. Eagle County also uses the site for emergency communication in the Fryingpan Valley.

The site also holds interest among wireless communication companies for cell and Internet service, according to the county.

“If a wireless company leases the tower and building space now available on Crown Mountain, it could significantly improve cell phone and Internet service to places like West and East Sopris Creek, Missouri Heights and the midvalley. It can also serve as a relay facility for other areas upvalley for increased coverage,” said site manager Dan Chicoine in a press release.

The Crown Mountain site has room for multiple providers and is equipped with a backup generator in case of electrical failure. Pitkin County is currently requesting proposals from wireless service providers to lease space there. Crown Mountain is the first of the county’s communications sites to be upgraded and redeveloped for this type of service.

Crown Mountain was first developed in the 1970s for area TV and radio service. The previous building on Crown Mountain was too small for all the new demands and in need of repair, according to the county. The towers were deemed unsafe and designated to be replaced.