PROTECT THE PALISADES!
The Issue: LG Electronics USA has received a building permit from the Borough of Englewood Cliffs, NJ, for a new campus that includes a tower 143 feet high, tall enough to project well above the treeline atop the Palisades. In the past, new buildings have stayed within a 35-foot height, preserving the nearly pristine view of the cliffs from the Hudson River and from New York. The site is across from north Manhattan, north of the George Washington Bridge.
Why It Matters: The tower will directly affect views from numerous parks and cultural institutions, enjoyed by hundreds of thousands each year, and more tall buildings are likely to gradually appear above the treeline to the north if other towns follow this precedent. For about 11 miles north of the GW Bridge, the Palisades are a National Historic Landmark and National Natural Landmark. They are a remarkable geologic feature, a treasured landscape, and have figured importantly in the human history of this region. They were saved by others from destruction by quarrying more than 100 years ago.
Is There A Solution?: Yes! Numerous organizations including the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, Scenic Hudson, and Natural Resources Defense Council, together with concerned individuals, are asking LG to redesign its campus with the same square footage but keeping all buildings below the treeline. Taxes for Englewood Cliffs and the number of jobs the 27-acre campus will provide would be unaffected with this approach.
How You Can Help:
**Visit www.protectthepalisades.org to learn more.
**Write to LG Electronics' CEO at 1000 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632. Send copies to the LG Vice-President for Public Affairs at the same address, and to your elected officials.
**Encourage local media coverage and write a letter to the editor of your local paper.
**Spread the word and urge others to get involved. Questions? Contact the New York New Jersey Trail Conference at http://nynjtc.org%20or/(201-512-9348)