NEW JERSEY — Upper Manhattan opponents of a controversial office tower slated for the pristine Palisades section were dealt a blow Friday when a New Jersey court gave LG Electronics the thumbs-up to move ahead with the project.
The New Jersey State Superior Court upheld the ability of the Englewood Cliffs zoning board to grant a height variance to the South Korean electronics giant, allowing it to build an eight-story glass and metal tower as part of its North American headquarters just beyond the Palisades.
The $300 million project came under criticism from several northern Manhattan groups, including the Cloisters, The New York Restoration Project, Manhattan Community Board 12 and the Fort Tryon Park Trust, who all fear that the tower will spoil the view of the Palisades, which has been a national landmark since 1983.
LG had been embroiled in legal battles with two plaintiffs over the tower since March 2012. With the ruling, LG can now begin construction of the tower, which it expects to complete by 2016.
LG released a statement Friday afternoon, calling the ruling “great news for the company and its employees, and especially for the local community because of the enormous economic benefits that this world-class green building will bring to Englewood Cliffs, Bergen County and the State of New Jersey.”