Environmental Groups Plan To Appeal Judge's Ruling

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — LG Electronics is moving forward with plans to build a 143-foot office tower in Englewood Cliffs after a judge paved the way for the project last week, even as a coalition of environmental groups is preparing its appeal, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported.

The groups say the building, which would stand 109 feet taller than any other in the area — and extend above existing tree lines — would forever ruin the pristine views of the Palisades and set a dangerous precedent that would threaten a national natural treasure. Former New Jersey Govs. Brendan Byrne, Thomas Kean, James Florio and Christine Todd Whitman have also come out against the complex, jointly sending a letter to LG CEO Bon-joon Koo in June.

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“The fact that they’re so obstinately refusing to consider a lower-profile design, I think, is certainly making people have second thoughts about buying LG products,” said Hailey Carlock, an attorney with Scenic Hudson, one of the groups that sued to halt the project.

“We’re prepared for a long and protracted legal battle if that’s what it takes,” Carlock said, adding the groups might sue the Borough of Englewood Cliffs, which granted LG the height variance.

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But South Korea-based LG said it plans to begin construction on the building later this year. Company spokesman John Taylor said the project will be an economic boost for New Jersey and create jobs.

“The company will not be deterred by the self-interested efforts of the special interest groups,” Taylor said. “It’s a vocal minority of New Yorkers primarily, who have no interest in the economic well-being of New Jersey.”

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