Time has come for Glassell Park cell phone clock tower

Glassell Park cell phone antenna/clock tower under scaffolding.

Drawing of Streamline Moderne clock tower.

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.


  1. Clock tower better than angel or fake palm tree like the one over at Glendale Kia. At least it will serve a function and tell time.
    I don’t remember any community meetings for the cell tower for Glendale Kia. Must have been a backroom deal with Ed Reyes.

  2. It’s really going to be Butt-Ugly

    But look who supported it.

    The GPNC.

  3. Andrew Montealegre

    Having worked extensively with Verizon from the beginning I think we have come up with a new standard and model for wireless towers. This tower will carry the name “Glassell Park” on it and be lighted. It will serve as a community marker and Verizon is to be congratulated for working with the community and developing what could serve as a prototype for other communities wanting to promote their neighborhoods. It will not have a clock but with the lettering and lighting it is a complete re-working of their original proposal. They have come a long way.

  4. A clocktower? This will not look premium, why can’t we simply have a cell tower? It’s located within a bunch of billboards and dead trees.

    If this was a central place in Glassell Park I would understand, but it’s next to a freeway on-ramp stuck behind a warehouse, in a parking lot.

  5. There are several schools close to this tower. Children with growing brains and thinner skulls are at risk. Verizon and the community of Glassel Park are only concerned with their own interest. Shame on them! Ribet Academy is just a few feet away. They serve children from 2.5 yrs old to high school seniors. Imagine if these children spent 16 years, 8 hrs per day next to this tower. At the very least they are a science experiment.

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