The Eagle Rock Plaza is not exactly a looker. The most recent owner has freshened up the interior and entrances to the plaza and hosted numerous events to build closer relations with the community. But from the view of many neighbors, the 1970s-era mall – sitting at the back of a sun-bleached parking garage – still looks rather drab. What to do if the mall does not want to spend a lot more money? Plant more ivy. That what Bob Gotham, President of The Eagle Rock Association, recommended after walking around the perimeter with mall managers. Gotham writes in the most recent TERA newsletter:
“The perimeter goal we agreed upon, for the highest visibility areas, is for the chain-link fence to be covered with properly trimmed green ivy.”
Gotham also recommended repairing the sagging chain-link fence and installing “Welcome to Eagle Rock” signs at mall entrances. Growing more vines and fixing a fence is not much of a makeover. But Gotham said these ideas represent first steps to “to modestly improving the street-presence” of the shopping center. Mall managers, who are preparing to re-stripe the upper lot and improve lighting, said it might take three months to complete some of the improvements.