Monday, April 28, 2014

Bill would limit height of LG headquarters on Palisades

Artist rendering of proposed LG Electronics headquarters on the NJ Palisades

Former New Jersey Governor Jim Florio told a Senate committee in Trenton this morning that he supports new legislation to limit the height of LG Electronics' proposed new headquarters on the Palisades in Englewood Cliffs so that it would not block the public's view of the Hudson River and New York City skyline.

Florio called the height of the building, that would extend above the tree line, "offensive" and "intrusive."

He submitted a letter in which he is joined by three other former New Jersey governors--Tom Kean, Christine Todd Whitman and Brendan Byrne--in urging LG to scale back the building size. Also on record urging a similar modification are New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NY’s U.S. senators, trail and conservation groups on both sides of the Hudson and even investment managers.

Here's what Florio told the committee (with a comment by committee chairman Bob Smith):



The bill to be introduced today would prohibit any development that exceeds 35 feet in height in the Hudson River Palisades viewshed. It will be sponsored by Bob Smith (D) and fellow state senators Kip Bateman (R) and Richard Codey (D). It would apply retroactively to any development for which the foundation has not been completed by May 1.

Related environmental news stories:
NJ lawmakers introducing bill on high-rises that could stop LG headquarters
Opposition Keeps Mounting to LG Project on the Hudson
State AG Eric Schneiderman joins battle against LG tower along the Palisades

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