LG Electronics USA’s North American headquarters project will proceed in Englewood Cliffs, after the company and a number of environmental and civic groups reached agreement on a new design that would protect nearby Palisades Park.In a news release issued Tuesday, the company said the new design “will create a world-class, sustainably designed building to the benefit of LG, the town of Englewood Cliffs and the state of New Jersey, while protecting the iconic vistas and integrity of the Palisades Park, a national natural and historic landmark.”
A news conference was scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the design.
“We have found a solution that satisfies LG’s business needs and addresses concerns of our neighbors on both sides of the Hudson,” William Cho, LG Electronics USA’s chief executive officer and president, said in a prepared statement. “The discussions were constructive, and parties on both sides showed a willingness to compromise, recognizing that there is a greater good to be acknowledged for the people, economy and environment of New Jersey.”
LG reached an agreement on the design with:
- Scenic Hudson;
- the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs;
- the Natural Resources Defense Council;
- New Jersey Conservation Foundation;
- the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
As part of the settlement, the groups agreed to withdraw a pending legal appeal regarding zoning approvals, the news release said. They will instead work with LG to secure necessary approvals for the new project.
The new design — “reflecting compromises by all the parties” — includes a five-story north wing about 70 feet in height, and a three-story south wing that protects the scenic views of the Palisades.
“This truly is a ‘win-win’ resolution,” Laurance Rockefeller, an environmental lawyer and participant in the discussions, said in a statement. “I would like to publically commend LG for its willingness to listen and work with us in seeking a mutually agreeable solution. The new design, which results in an outstanding new headquarters for LG, will help preserve the Palisades as a treasured national landmark.”
The $300 million, 360,000-square-foot corporate campus at 111 Sylvan Ave. will be home to more than 1,000 LG employees by 2019, the company said, doubling local employment while creating thousands of construction jobs.
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