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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 .

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.

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William Mays February 13, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Why were comments deleted from here?
Noah Cohen February 13, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Are you sure they were posted? I don't see any comments pending for this story.
William Mays February 13, 2013 at 01:55 AM
I'm pretty sure, I along with someone else commented on here last night and the comments were showing. I know for sure that I did not delete my comment.
William Mays February 13, 2013 at 01:56 AM
My comment was in reply to someone elses, perhaps he deleted his comment.
Michael J. Klatsky February 13, 2013 at 09:29 PM
As a general rule, all future office building construction in Bergen County should be in already established downtown business districts, with complete access via auto, bus, rail, bike and walking. Constructing a new office park in what many consider "the middle of nowhere", accessible only by car seems to be a waste of resources since the current non-downtown office vacancy rate in NJ is between 60%-70% (source: Mack-Cali.) In nearby towns, like Fort Lee, Englewood or Teaneck an Office Tower in the heart of their respective business districts would do wonders for the local stores and also keep the workers in the proposed tower happy being in an actually downtown with things to do during their lunch break other than eat in the company cafeteria.

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