Bergen County Executive Backs Controversial Englewood Cliffs Tower
Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan wrote that the county would benefit from LG Electronics' plan to build a new headquarters in Englewood Cliffs.
Bergen County would benefit from LG Electronics' plan to build a new 143-foot-tall tower in Englewood Cliffs, County Executive Kathleen Donovan wrote in an opinion piece on NorthJersey.com.
Donovan wrote that the project would benefit the county economically by creating new construction jobs, ensuring that hundreds of existing jobs stay in Bergen and by allowing LG to expand its workforce here.
"We need the jobs, we need the investment, we need the tax dollars," Donovan wrote. "We need longtime friends like LG to remain committed to our county and state."
The project also has its opponents. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and grandson of John D. Rockefeller Jr. have publicly opposed the project, saying that it would ruin the view from The Cloisters.
Various groups have also banded together to file a lawsuit attempting to block the plan, targeting variances granted to LG to allow them to pass the 35-foot height limit in the area.
In her opinion piece, Donovan wrote that the project would improve the view of "the current asphalt-dominated site" by doubling the amount of green space and planting hundreds of new trees.
There are also plans to add a new $2 million science education center, Donovan noted.