A 70-foot-high cell phone antenna disguised as a clock tower is now under construction next to a 2 Freeway offramp in Glassell Park. Verizon Wireless decided to build the Streamline Moderne-style tower after its proposal to hide a cellphone tower inside a monopine – a fake pine tree- met with community resistance. Some residents called for more creative solutions, including a tower topped with abstract angels or shaped like glass tubes – similar to those at LAX – that would welcome motorists to Glassell Park. Verizon opted for a tower skinned with plaster cement and topped with a “transparent functional clock,” according to a rendering.
A worker at the site said the tower should be completed in early August. He said the clock tower is taking about twice as long to build as a monopine but he said the results will look much better than a fake tree. “It’s going to look nice,” he said.