what's it cost to rent a cell tower site from the city? …and what if the city thinks it ugly

The tower and it’s rent

Rogers tower at the corner of Allen Road and Transit Road
Rogers tower at the corner of Allen Road and Transit Road

Schedule “A”
Major Terms and Conditions
Licensee: Rogers Wireless Inc.
Licensor: City of Toronto
Premises: part of land at the corner of Allen Road and Transit, an
approximate of 48.26 square meters
Term: License agreement for Five (5) years with Five (5) year renewal
option, commencing on Jan 1, 2007 to Dec 31, 2016
Rent: Jan 1, 2007 to March 31, 2013 at $21,500 per annum or $1,792 per
, net, plus all applicable taxes. The rate is to be escalated at
2.5% per year.
Termination: City reserves the right to terminate the
the license, for municipal
purpose, with one year in advance notice.

The problem

City Council on December 1, 2 and 3, 2008, given the prominent location of this tower,
referred this Item to the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning:
1. to enter into discussions with Rogers Wireless Inc., with a view to enhancing the
appearance of the installation; and

2. to negotiate, in consultation with the Chief Corporate Officer, a public art component of
the lease agreement for this structure
, which can best be described as a “finger of jagged
ugliness thrust into the Downsview sky”.

all text in italics City of Toronto

Site Licence at the Corner of Allen Road and Transit Road Full report [opens in new window]

Posted by Robert


I drive by their almost any time I drive anywhere since I either go downtown via the Allen or onto the highway via the Allen, and I can't say I've ever noticed it.

What might be escaping the city of Toronto is that everything else in that neighbourhood, including the giant Cadillac parking lot, the giant regular parking lots in all directions, the mountains of snow, the TTC works yard and Wilson Station are all ugly. It probably blends in quite well in a neighbourhood where the Home Depot is the cleanest, prettiest looking thing around.

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