HAMDEN — A cell tower could go up in the southern part of town, but first the state needs input from residents.

Tarpon Tower II LLC is applying to construct a 120-foot cell phone tower in a wooded area of a neighborhood, on behalf of Verizon Wireless to expand wireless service in southern Hamden and New Haven.

The Connecticut Siting Council will hold a public hearing Sept. 19 on the tower proposed for 796 Woodin St., in Legislative Council Chambers at Memorial Town Hall. The public hearing will begin with an evidentiary session at 3 p.m. and continue with public comment at 6:30 p.m.

“The purpose of the hearing is to hear evidence on the applicant’s contentions that the public need for the facility outweighs any adverse environmental effects that would result from the construction, operation, and maintenance of the project,” the public notice said.

The property — approximately 6.75 acres — is mostly wooded land occupied by a single-family house along with other sheds and barns a short distance from the residence. The planned tower would sit on the south side of Woodin Street, abutting the Wilbur Cross Parkway to the west.

“I’ve heard some concern, so we’re exploring it further,” Mayor Curt B. Leng said of the proposal in a statement. “I’m going to make an extra effort to make sure area residents are aware of it so they can have a chance to come to (the) meeting. I think it’s important to ensure enough people surrounding these applications are made aware of them, especially if there’s an opportunity for attending a hearing in Hamden.”

The nearest homeowners, Paul Messineo and Sarah Nazario-Messineo, couldn’t be reached for comment.

The facility would be situated within a 40-foot-by-70-foot area separated by chain-link fence about 850 feet south of the home. The antennas affixed to the top of the monopole will have Verizon panel antennas mounted on, so the maximum height would be 124 feet.

The Clarence Rogers School, a half-mile away in New Haven, is the nearest school from the proposed site.

In addition to the tower, a 12-foot gravel access drive would be built west of the garage to the cell tower site. Tarpon also is proposing a 20-foot wide access and utility easement at Woodin street to follow the new gravel road.

“The proposed tower would continue to provide coverage to the north of West Rock Ridge primarily along Route 15 and fill other coverage gaps in southern and eastern portions of Hamden,” the application said.

The proposed site would replace the current Verizon cell tower at 1055 Wintergreen Ave., which was built in 1987.

In the company’s application, it cited various legislative acts supporting expansion of wireless communication as benefits of the proposed cell tower.

“There aren’t any effective alternatives to constructing the proposed facility to provide reliable wireless service,” according to the application. Tarpon began searching for a site in that area five years ago.

As part of the proposal, the facility would be able to accommodate Verizon and three other wireless carriers in addition to municipal emergency communications equipment at no cost to the town, the application said.

The facility won’t have “significant adverse environmental impacts and/or those effects are unavoidable in this part of the State in order to provide reliable service to the public,” the application said.

A cell tower was proposed at Joseph’s Tree Farm on Kirk Road in 2017, but residents opposed it. That tower would have been 160 feet tall.

Leng and Councilman James Pascarella, D-8, whose district it would have been in, both opposed the application.

Anyone who wants to be named as an intervenor to the application has until Sept 12 to file a written request to the Siting Council Office, according to the notice. Written statements of opinion on the application will be accepted for 30 days following the public hearing.