GLASSELL PARK — When does a bus stop become a “transit pavilion”? In this case, you add a trio of shade canopies, benches, lighting, landscaping and — voilà! — you have the Glassell Park Transit Pavilion, now under construction at San Fernando Road and Eagle Rock Boulevard.
The idea of building a large bus shelter on a traffic island was first proposed more than a decade ago by neighborhood activists and a group of SCI-Arc student architects. Since the concept was conceived, a new high school has been built across the street from the traffic island while a new apartment complex has been constructed nearby, increasing the number of potential bus riders. City officials had backed the project but had not been able to secure sufficient funds until last year to get it built.
In addition to the canopies, the project will include benches, security lighting, landscaping as well as sidewalk and curb repairs. The words “Cypress Park – Glassell Park” will be included in the pavement. The Bureau of Engineering estimates construction will cost about $350,000.
While the canopies have been erected, the project is not expected to be completed until September, according to the Bureau of Engineering.
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