Protect the Palisades has some great news for New York nature lovers! It looks like the organization’s massive campaign to stop LG Electronics from building a new office tower in the New Jersey Palisades has been successful. According to Hyper Allergic, the Korean electronics company has agreed to scrap its proposed 143-foot tower for a lower building design that won’t obstruct the scenic view of the area’s beloved cliffs and trees.
The campaign against LG’s original project design began in 2012, almost immediately after the company received zoning approval. Major opponents such as the National Park Service, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Protect the Palisades, and Rockefeller’s grandson Larry Rockefeller spoke out against the building’s eight-story design in the coveted natural area. Part of the consternation with the project goes back to the original sale of the land. John D. Rockefeller donated the land that is now Fort Tryon Park around the Cloisters in the 1930s under the agreement that all subsequent development would be kept under 35 feet.
As part of the recent deal, LG will lower the height of its headquarters in Englewood Cliffs so that the beautiful view will be preserved, while still bringing an economic boost to the area.
The beloved Palisades area sits right across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters medieval art branch in Manhattan and as such, the museum was one of the main opponents of LG’s construction plans. Thomas P. Campbell, director of the museum, said in a statement that, “LG’s hearteningly responsible decision to lower the height of its planned new headquarters in Englewood Cliffs ensures that this remarkable natural wonder will endure unscathed — without inhibiting corporate expansion in New Jersey.”