ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. -- A new office building will rise along the Palisades in Englewood Cliffs as a testament to compromise.
Environmentalists and developers stood together with Englewood Cliffs officials on Tuesday to celebrate a groundbreaking over four years in the making: the North American headquarters for LG Electronics.
The $300 million building will stand at 70 feet tall, less than half the height originally proposed, according to a release from the Sierra Club.
“We consider the construction of the LG tower a win, win, win," said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.
Residents, the Sierra Club and other environmental groups filed lawsuits against LG and the borough, urging them to lower the height of the building, according to ProtectThePalisades.org .
"This is a win for the environment, it’s a win for the Palisades, and it’s a win for jobs. By starting new construction, this project will bring jobs, but also make sure the view of the Palisades is protected,” said Tittle.
The originally-planned eight-story tower would have been visible above the tree line of Palisades Interstate Park, according to ProtectThePalisades.org.
"Our defeat against LG’s massive tower would not have happened without the large public outcry. That is why it is so important that the public and all the people came together to protect the Palisades," Tittle said.
The Palisades Interstate Park Commission, first created in 1900, operates the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey and the State Parks and Historic Sites in New York’s Palisades Region.
It was one of the first parks established in New Jersey to begin a movement of conservation.