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The Battle for the Palisades

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Residents from both sides of the Hudson have their eyes on a municipal planning board meeting that may decide the future of the Hudson Waterfront.

The town of Engleswood Cliffs (population: just over 5,000) is holding a public hearing on a rezoning plan that could open the floodgates for further high-rise development on the edge of the Palisades Interstate Park. Towns along the national landmark have long adhered to a 35-foot standard building height so as not to tarnish the view. 

Englewood Cliffs has already drawn criticism for approving a nearly 150-foot office tower that will serve as the headquarters for the South Korean electronics company LG.

Kim Lueddeke, staff writer for The Record, said conservationists and environmentalists opposed to the LG construction project are concerned over the implications of Wednesday night's meeting.

"By amending [the town's] masterplan, not only would you allow LG to build, but there's the potential that it will allow for future high rise development," said Lueddeke. "Not only in Englewood Cliffs, but also in [neighboring] Tenafly and Alpine."

 

is holding a public hearing on a rezoning plan that will allow for further high-rise development on the edge of the Palisades Interstate Park. Towns along the Palisades have long adhered to a 35-foot standard building height...so as not to tarnish the view. 

 

 

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Comments [1]

Jane Brandes from New York state

Glad to see your vigorous coverage of the Battle over the Palisades.
A natural wonder to visitors and geologists, a unique and altogether beautiful sight, the Palisades cliffs bordering the Hudson River are a dearly held treasure for residents. They identify our region, they backdrop our daily lives.

If LGUS and mayor Joseph Parisi are unable to understand this--changing zoning and master plans in the case of the mayor, with LG refusing requests to simply 'turn the building on its side' as Christine Todd Whitman has put it, then their irresponsibility has to be met. State action has been proposed in addition to the pending legal actions. The people have to pull out all the stops.

May. 02 2014 01:39 PM

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