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    Decision by New Jersey judge will mar Bronx views of Palisades forever

    LG Electronics can build its 143-foot tower in Englewood Cliffs. Bronx pols say it will be seen from the city.

    By Denis Slattery / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Thursday, August 15, 2013, 3:14 PM


    The massive headquarters for LG Electronics, slated for Engelwood Cliffs, N.J., will now move forward thanks to a judge’s ruling. Opponents say the building will be seen from the Bronx and ruin views of the Palisades.

    A New Jersey judge just ruined Bronx sunsets forever, allowing an electronics company to build a 14-story tower atop the Palisades that will mar city views of the Garden State, borough officials said.
    Bergen County Judge Alexander Carver’s ruling allows LG Electronics to build its Englewood Cliffs tower 109 feet above the 35-foot cap.


    A rendering shows that critics might be right.

    Critics believe the tower, which would pierce above the Palisades’ treeline, will set a precedent for similar developments, turning the majestic granite wall into a future mini city.
    “More than a hundred years ago New Yorkers and New Jerseyans came together to protect this land,” said state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Throgs Neck). “And now, here we are yet again, fighting to preserve this national treasure.”

    RELATED: PLANNED LG HEADQUARTERS IS NATURAL BLUNDER, CRITICS CHARGE Klein, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-Riverdale) and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Riverdale) threatened a boycott of LG products if the company did not curtail its plan.

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    Ugh! Yet another suburban office complex! The building itself is beautiful but the site planning is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by towerpower123 View Post
    Ugh! Yet another suburban office complex! The building itself is beautiful but the site planning is not.
    But that's common for that part of Bergen County... I agree its a horrible site plan , but what can you do. I rather see all the Bergen County companies relocate to Hackensack or Paterson and build Urban style office towers.

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    It needs to be burnt-orange or another more eco-coordinated color.

    White doesn't do it.

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    One protestor's sign reads "Life WAS Good Before LG". Video with link.

    LG Electronics breaks ground on NJ headquarters

    Published: November 14, 2013 12:04 PM

    ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS - Protesters are at an LG Electronics groundbreaking event for its corporate headquarters in Englewood Cliffs.
    The new building will be above the tree-lined cliffs on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River.
    The company will also plant the first of 700 trees on the 26-acre site.

    Opponents on both the New Jersey and New York sides of the river say the 143-foot-high building exceeds a 35-foot height limit on buildings and would ruin the natural beauty of Palisades Interstate Park.
    LG officials say the $300 million project will blend into its surroundings and boost the economy.(Oh yeah, it'll really blend)
    Opponents are appealing a judge's decision in favor of the project.

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    Are they still NIMBYs if they live in another state across the river?

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    And again, there is yet another attempt to shorten this building. This time, 6 mayors of surrounding towns want to force the building shorter.

    Six mayors call on LG to lower height of planned Englewood Cliffs office

    ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS — The mayors of six Bergen County communities have asked LG Electronics to lower the height of its planned 143-foot headquarters in Englewood Cliffs amid ongoing concerns over the building being visible above the Palisades, reported.
    “We are sure that on the 27-acre site there is room for a beautiful and distinctive LG corporate headquarters without the need to build above the approximate 60 foot tree line and compromise the unique historic and natural landmark that our predecessors worked so hard to protect when the threat to the Palisades was rock quarrying,” the letter sent to LG executives Thursday said, according to the report.
    The letter was signed by the mayors of Alpine, Closter, Demarest, Harrington Park, Tenafly and Rockleigh, the report said.
    LG broke ground on its Sylvan Avenue site last year and a company spokesman said it was “not feasible” to redesign the building now, according to the report. The spokesman, John Taylor, pointed to six public hearings the company held in 2011 about its proposed design.
    A Superior Court judge later upheld a height variance granted to the company, but two other lawsuits are ongoing.
    LG has said the $300 million project would bring $500 million to the state’s economy over 20 years, allow LG to grow from 500 to 1,600 employees by 2020 and create thousands of construction jobs. The project has been endorsed by some elected officials, including Bergen Executive Kathleen Donovan, state Sen. Paul Sarlo and Englewood Cliffs Mayor Joseph Parisi.

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    Default Hey LG - Newark WANTS You

    Here's a suggestion for LG: Just build your new office tower in Newark and call it a day. It would be a win-win-win...a win for the opponents to the tower in the Palisades, a win for LG because they wouldn't have to deal with the protesters, and a win for Newark for gaining a great new corporate resident. Plus, moving to Newark would put them in close proximity to Panasonic, which could give them some benefits as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbal View Post
    Here's a suggestion for LG: Just build your new office tower in Newark and call it a day. It would be a win-win-win...a win for the opponents to the tower in the Palisades, a win for LG because they wouldn't have to deal with the protesters, and a win for Newark for gaining a great new corporate resident. Plus, moving to Newark would put them in close proximity to Panasonic, which could give them some benefits as well.
    Most definitely. I'd imagine they'd want to stay in a suburban climate though; they don't seem like they would build anything prominent.

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    Group Formally Pans View-Marring LG Palisades Headquarters

    A rendering of what the Palisades would look like with the LG building, and beyond, if more development followed, via Protect the Palisades.

    A fight that has gained attention on both sides of the Hudson River intensified a little bit further. In a meeting at the Fort Lee Historic Park in Fort Lee, N.J., the Palisades Interstate Park Commission passed a resolution opposing LG's planned corporate headquarters not far north in Englewood Cliffs. Dozens of members of the public showed up and held up signs showing their support for the resolution. At issue is the height of the planned building, which will top the tree line of the historic Palisades—a green lung some say will mar a national treasure. Over a century ago, thanks to the Rockefeller family and the women's clubs of New Jersey, the cliff line stretching well into New York State was preserved. The U.S. Department of the Interior designated the Palisades a National Historic Landmark in 1965. But those pristine cliffs could change very soon, and that's why this matters for New Yorkers. They are the ones whose views of the pre-historic cliffs will change if this building is completed, and they joined residents and officials of the Garden State at today's meeting.

    In November, LG broke ground on its new building, which is slated to be 143 feet tall. The South Korean company got a variance to exceed the 35-foot height limit.

    Rendering of LG's new corporate headquarters, via LG.

    There are lawsuits challenging the height of the building, and many organizations have countered that LG could house the same amount of office space in a shorter building. A host of organizations have come out against the project.

    Public officials, however, harbor mixed opinions about the project. Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan and the Board of Chosen Freeholders have backed the project. But former New Jersey governors Brendan Byrne, Tom Kean, Jim Florio, and Christie Whitman are all opposed to it.

    Today, the Palisades Interstate Park Commission put itself on the record as a member of the latter camp, unanimously passing a resolution to that effect. When it passed, there were three cheers of "hip hip hooray" from the crowd; at least two speakers not from the commission invoked Theodore Roosevelt, known for his conservation efforts.

    Palisades Resolution Opposing LG's Headquarters Attendee Ed Goodell, executive director of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, which is joining the legal challenge to the new building, told Curbed he has two fears. First, he worries the building will be a "blight" on a piece of America that looks pretty much like it did thousands of years ago. Second, he believes that this won't be the final straw, but rather the beginning of further development on the Palisades north of the George Washington Bridge.

    LG, for its part, didn't have any representatives at the meeting today. Its official website for the Englewood Cliffs project, though, boasts about how green the building will be, and how it will bring 1,100 new jobs by 2020.

    New York City dwellers are passionate about the issue, too. David Gellman, a member of Bronx Community Board 8, which represents Riverdale along with other neighborhoods, attended today's meeting and told Curbed there is "no need to do this" when the same amount of space can be accommodated by building horizontally instead of vertically. He said it was "hubris" and the company was only doing this to provide executives with a view of Manhattan.

    John Kashwick, chair of the Sierra Club's North Jersey Group, will, in a piece to be published tomorrow, contend: "LG is a consumer giant that wants to crap it [the Palisades] up" by exceeding a zoning law "that no American business has ever dared to breach." He will go on to say "its precedent will open up high-rise development all along the Palisades north of Fort Lee and the George Washington Bridge."

    A petition created by the World Monuments Fund has over 2,600 signatures. On the same side, Protect the Palisades has been one of the central organizers of the fight against the too-tall building. They are calling for a day of action on March 8, when they will encourage people to go out to retail stores where LG products are sold to show their opposition.

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    Thumbs up NPS Comes to Palisades Defense

    National Parks Service director says LG headquarters threaten Palisades

    By Myles Ma/
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    on March 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Protesters demonstrate outside the site of the new LG headquarters, Nov. 13, 2013.
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    ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS — The director of the National Park Service has called a proposal to build a 143-foot office building a threat to the Palisades.

    In a letter to Edwin Fehre, chairman of the Englewood Cliffs planning board, Jonathan B. Jarvis said the planned LG Electronics USA headquarters "threatens the nationally significant, historic scenic integrity of the Palisades in a major way."

    "If built, this tower will introduce a massive incompatible feature that will be visible for miles along the river and from vantage points along the west side of Manhattan as well as from the bridge," Jarvis said. "Given the size of the property in question, it seems entirely possible for the development to achieve its needs and conform to the borough's existing zoning regulations."

    Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Parks Service

    In February 2012, the planning board granted a variance that allowed LG to exceed a 35-foot height limit for buildings in Englewood Cliffs. The variance was upheld in Bergen County Superior Court and is currently in appeals.

    The National Park Service has no authority over the LG project. But it administers National Natural Landmark and National Historic Landmark properties.

    The LG development is near the Palisades of the Hudson, a National Natural Landmark, and the Palisades Interstate Park, a National Historic Landmark.

    "Over the past century, in spite of the growth of the communities along the Palisades, no significant intrusive development has occurred along the ridge behind the park lands, which has allowed the view of the cliffs and the wooded ridge line to remain," Jarvis said.

    Protect the Palisades, a coalition of individuals and groups opposed to the LG project, distributed the letter and asked the public to attend tonight's meeting of the Englewood Cliffs planning board. The board is scheduling a hearing on a new master plan.

    Opponents of the project suffered a defeat earlier this month when the state Court of Appeals barred the National Resources Defense Council and New Jersey Conservation Foundation from joining the suit challenging the 2012 variance. The suit, filed by residents of Englewood Cliffs, the New Jersey Federation of Women's Clubs and Scenic Hudson, said the variance constitutes a rezoning of the Sylvan Avenue property and fails to consider how the building will impact the Palisades.

    Read Jarvis' letter here

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    This whole controversy is such a joke. Who says people uptown have a god given right to the delusion that they're in the middle of the wilderness? The trees and cliffs will still be there, and now there's a building. Wow, seeing a building from New York, shocking.

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    It's all about property values. All the NYers care about is that their property values will potentially miss out on some appreciation since their view won't be as nice. It's all about $$. Plain & simple.

    However, I still wish they built in Newark...that would've made alot of people very happy. Oh well.

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    Loving LG ...

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