A group of Glassell Park residents are once going to try and block Verizon Wireless from erecting a 70-foot high cell phone tower along side the northbound 2 Freeway near the San Fernando Road exit . The residents are not opposed to building a tower. What they object to is that the tower would be disguised as a monopine– a fake pine tree . Instead of a fake tree, the residents, lead by Andrew Montealegre, have 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. Anything but a fake pine tree. A video created in support of monopine alternative said having the tower double as a gateway sign for Glassell Park could help raise the neighborhood’s visibility and image.
But Verizon rejected the citizens’ ideas last fall. Fake tree opponents, however, have not given up. They are appealing an earlier approval of the tower at Wednesday’s meeting of the East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission. “We are appealing the approval of a fake pine tree design and would like an LAX type cylinder or a bell/clock tower with the name Glassell Park on it,” Montealegre said.
The public hearing over the Glassell Park monopine is scheduled for at 4:30 pm at the Ramona Hall Community Center, 4580 Figueroa Street, Highland Park.