The Bergen County Freeholders will vote tonight on whether to endorse LG Electronics's plan to build a 143-foot corporate headquarters above the Palisades' untouched natural landscape.
Tonight's public hearing follows months of heated debate between the project's proponents, who argue it will create jobs and foster economic growth, and its opponents, who want the picturesque view to remain unmarred.
Traditionally, regulations have prohibited buildings from being taller than 35 feet, protecting the aesthetic of the tree-lined Palisades. But this project was given special permission for the height variance.
John Ensslin, Bergen County reporter for the New Jersey Record, said that the plan to make the building so tall was actually an attempt to appease its neighbors.
"Those neighbors did not want to see a vast parking lot covering this project," Ensslin said. "So instead, the architect HOK came up with a plan that essentially submerges the parking garage, uses a lot of landscaping to get rid of that impermeable parking lot view, and as a consequence of putting a lot of trees around the property they had to build higher."
The Freeholders are expected to vote in favor of the project, a symbolic gesture. A judge's ruling to uphold the height variance has ensured the project will go forward barring any further legal action.
To hear host Amy Eddings' full conversation with New Jersey Record reporter John Ensslin, click the audio link above.