Westchester Legislators Oppose Building Atop Palisades

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The Westchester County Board of Legislators expressed opposition to the construction of an LG Electronics' building that would be visible to Rivertowns residents.
The Westchester County Board of Legislators expressed opposition to the construction of an LG Electronics' building that would be visible to Rivertowns residents. Photo Credit: Rivertowns.org

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Westchester County Board of Legislators has approved a resolution opposing LG Electronics’ plan to erect a 143-foot-tall office building on top of the Palisades along the Hudson River in New Jersey that would be two to three times higher than the tree line. 

Two weeks ago, the resolution received its first approval in the board's Environment and Energy Committee, which is chaired by Legislator Catherine Parker, D-Rye.

In the latest stage of a six-year building project on a 26-acre property in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., LG Electronics USA Inc. received a variance to construct a new edifice that will be four times taller than the present 35-foot zoning height limit respected by other companies and developers in the area.

The new LG Electronics building would be  about 50 yards from the Palisades Interstate Park and be clearly visible to residents in southern Westchester’s  Rivertowns.

“The Palisades are among the most stunning and significant land forms in the United States, which residents and visitors to the Hudson Valley have long marveled at,” said Parker. “LG Electronics’ plan to despoil the Palisades, both a National Natural Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, cannot be condoned under any circumstances.”

Residents of Englewood Cliffs and several environmental and civic groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the zoning variance that permits the 143-foot tall edifice, and four former New Jersey governors have endorsed an alternative low-rise design for LG Electronics’ offices.

Upon approval, the Westchester board's resolution expressing opposition to building on top of the Palisades will be sent to LG Electronics USA Inc., the Planning Board of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.

A number of advocates united against the LG Electronics building on the Palisades voiced their thanks for the Westchester board's vote.

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