The Eastsider reported last month that members of the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council had recommended that Verizon wireless take a more creative approach to a proposed 70-foot high cell phone tower instead of disguising it as a fake pine tree. How about topping the pole off with a symbolic angel or turning it into a gateway symbol for Glassell Park, some of the members suggested. But after considering the alternatives, Verizon has decided to stick with its fake pine tree, called a monopine, which would be planted next to the warehouse owned by Western Mixes Produce & Nuts near the 2 Freeway and San Fernando Road. A letter from Verizon representative Argineh Mailian to the neighborhood council explains the company’s fondness for fake trees:
The property/ site is a warehouse use that imports and exports various products and is a well-traveled warehouse with a lot of vehicular and diesel traffic. The property owner cannot provide Verizon Wireless any additional space to construct a a gateway proposal and/or artistic proposal that would impact the drive isle or turning radius for the large diesel trucks that travel through and near the proposed Verizon Wireless site location.
The lowest branches of the phony pine would be 15-feet off the floor, providing enough clearance for the nut trucks, Mailan explained. A “more artistic structure” would not provide such clearance. The proposed 70-foot high monopine – which would rank as one of the tallest structures in Glassell Park – faces further review by the neighborhood council and city agencies.