Yonkers City Council Set To Join Opposition To LG Building

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A rendering of the proposed LG building in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
A rendering of the proposed LG building in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Photo Credit: LG Electronics

YONKERS, N.Y. – Yonkers City Council is set to join a chorus of calls for an electronics company to scale down its plans for a New Jersey high-rise building that would dramatically alter the view of the Hudson River from the city.

The City Council will vote on a resolution Tuesday night opposing the height of LG Electronics USA’s proposed eight-story, 143-foot tall corporate headquarters building to be built in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

The size of the building, which would rise high above the tree line of the Palisades, would be “obtrusively visible not only from the New York side of the river, but most specifically from the City of Yonkers,” the council said.

LG’s new corporate headquarters would be built down the road from its present facility, and almost directly across the Hudson River from the Cloisters museum in northern Manhattan. Early last year the Englewood Cliffs Board of Adjustment gave final approval to the project, allowing the developer to build at a height four times what was previously permitted.

The decision has sparked an outcry on both sides of the Hudson, as several organizations and residents are speaking out.

Among those is the Poughkeepsie-based Scenic Hudson who is among a group of plaintiffs to file two lawsuits challenging the rezoning approved in Englewood Cliffs. The two sides remain in mediation and are expected to resume discussions this week, according to a report on NorthJersey.com.

The resistance against LG’s plan reached Yonkers earlier this year as the Park Hill Residents Association urged its members to sign a “Protect the Palisades” petition.

Here, residents said they feared the high-rise, which would be the first building north of the George Washington Bridge to be visible from the New York side of the river, would disrupt views and potentially lower home values for properties along the western edge of Park Hill.

“It’s not that we don’t want LG to have a nice building,” Steve Savard, president neighborhood association, said at the time. “But certainly you would believe they can design something that doesn’t go above the tree line.”

In its resolution, the Yonkers City Council echoed another common concern that once a developer has been allowed to build above the previously held 35-foot height requirement, others will soon follow.

Council members will vote on the resolution at the scheduled 8 p.m. meeting inside City Hall.

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Development in Yonkers must really be dead if the NIMBYites are going national.Nothing on the drawing board here to complain about I guess.