The parking lot at the Pavilions on Vine and Melrose looks a little different these days. You might not be able to put your finger on it right away…then pretty quickly, it hits you. The black fence that used to surround the perimeter of the parking lot is gone. Workers removed the fencing last week and Pavilions has no plans to replace it.
According to Pavilions Store Manager Leticia Perez, the fence was installed as a means of controlling access to the store after the 1992 LA Riots. The company has wanted to remove it for years – feeling that the fence has a negative impact on the way the corner looks and on the immediate neighborhood in general. The company wants to be a better neighbor by creating a more welcoming store – starting with the parking lot.
Perez has been working closely with the Hollywood Community Police Station and the area Senior Lead Officer Julie Noni to make sure the property is secured in other ways. There is a security guard on site from 4pm – 4am everyday; the store uses under cover personnel inside and LAPD is more present on site – including parking an LAPD car on the property to act as a deterrent.
In addition, Pavilions staff is available to accompany any customer to their car – to help load groceries or just to help customers feel safer. Especially at night, we encourage shoppers to take Pavilions up on the offer for their own personal safety.