Englewood Cliffs Tower Threatens Palisades View, Opponents Say
LG officials say they are listening to concerns from cultural groups.
A high-profile group, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and grandson of John D. Rockefeller Jr., has launched efforts to preserve views of the Palisades they argue are threatened by LG's proposed headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, the New York Times reported Sunday.
LG's proposed tower would be 143 feet tall and visible over the treetops from New York's Cloisters museum, according to the report. The planned building would become the only "high-rise" north of Fort Lee seen from New York, northjersey.com reported Thursday.
John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated the property for New York's Cloisters museum, which is owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
"Rockefeller donated 700 additional acres across the Hudson River to the state of New Jersey to ensure that no developments on the property would spoil the view from The Cloisters," according to the museum.
His grandson, Larry Rockefeller, has met with LG officials to discuss the project. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has also sent a letter asking the company to reconsider the building's proposed height, the Times reported.
“The Palisades really rests at the heart of the conservation legacy, if you will, which our family has left, and is leaving, to America,” Rockefeller told the Times. “No one’s opposed to the building per se.”
Rockefeller, the newspaper reported, said he was hopeful LG would redesign the tower.
The 27-acre complex would include sustainable features, including solar panels to dramatically reduce energy consumption, according to building designer HOK.
LG officials have said they listening to the concerns, but it is unclear if the office building could be redesigned with work expected to begin this year.
Environmental groups and Englewood Cliffs residents have also filed lawsuits over the project. New York's Wave Hill public garden is also among cultural organizations to raise concerns over the building's height.