LG Electronics Asked to Lower Height on Planned Englewood Cliffs Headquarters
Englewood Cliffs: Four former New Jersey governors have renewed call for LG Electronics to lower height on intended Englewood Cliffs headquarters. It is said that the planned 143-foot-high North American headquarters would mar the view of the northern Palisades.
Recently the ex-governors including Brendan T. Byrne, Christie Whitman, Thomas H. Kean, and Jim Florio, who are also a part of a budding coalition of national, state and local leaders, appealed the South Korean company to consider reducing the height of the building, which would be the only high-rise north of Fort Lee that could be spotted above the tree line along the cliffs.
The former governors had sent a letter to LG’s chief executive asking him to think of a low-rise design for the building. They think that the future of the Palisades is at stake, but they are hopeful that LG will take the required step and redesign the building. Palisades, an interstate park and a celebrated national landmark, is a pride of New Jersey.
Mayors of six northern New Jersey towns, the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and the head of the National Park Service have also expressed their opposition to the project.
The LG officials have informed that redesigning the building is not possible as work has started on the site. Apart from that, the they argue that an attempt to redesign would delay in bringing the much required employment to Bergen County as the $300 million project is expected to create about 2,200 construction jobs.