The residents of Glassell Park will gather next to the 2 Freeway near San Fernando Road on Saturday morning to celebrate a victory over the fake palm and pine trees that are designed to disguise cell phone towers.
In response to community opposition, Verizon Wireless decided to build a Streamline Moderne-style tower instead of a monopine – a fake pine tree – to house a 70-foot-high cell phone antenna next to a freeway offramp. Early renderings showed the tower topped by a clock. But instead of a clock, the sides of the tower, which was completed in August, are now covered with large letters that spell out “Glassell Park.”
Andrew Montealegre, who spearheaded opposition to the monopine, is quite happy with the results. Montealgre, who also serves as head of the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council’s Economic Development and Land Use Committee, said in an email:
We have established a model for the rest of the City. Our wireless tower is a positive addition that not only serves as a new “community marker” but is also a good example of constituents working with corporations to achieve a common purpose. We went from the City’s approval of a fake tree to this model tower with our name on it.
The ceremony, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8 a.m. at 2910 San Fernando Road, will serve as a kick-off for a community clean up.