The stunning, uninterrupted tree-lined cliff views of the historic Palisades Interstate Park along the New Jersey side of the Hudson River are about to be destroyed if LG Electronics has its way. The South Korean electronics giant is aching to start yanking out trees and bulldozing near the peaceful, majestic 100 year old natural landmark and recreation area to build itself a $300 million glass and steel corporate headquarters that will rise 80’ above the tree line, giving them exclusive bragging rights to some of the most panoramic views of New York City and the Hudson River valley.
And everybody in New Jersey and New York can just lump it.
The structure’s 143’ reach was approved in February 2012 by a handful of people sitting on the Englewood Cliffs Zoning Board of Adjustments along, with a variance grant that would allow the structure to rise 4 times higher than the borough’s 35’ height limit. The Board acquiesced to the vertical design plans submitted by LG instead of insisting on a horizontal one which could have been easily accommodated on the company’s 27 acre tract. Political wrangling followed throughout the process, and in the wake of litigation brought in the New Jersey courts by opponents, the Board was disbanded by the Englewood Borough Council in April 2012.
But the damage was already done.