Westchester Co. committee opposes LG development on Palisades

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Add the Westchester County Legislature’s Environment and Energy Committee to the chorus of boos aimed at the towering office park LG Electronics plans to build on the Palisades.

Though the project is in New Jersey and on the opposite side of the Hudson River from Westchester, the committee passed a resolution earlier this week in opposition of the proposed development, which includes a 143-foot-tall office building.

“It’s not in Westchester County’s jurisdiction, but for Westchester residents, especially in the rivertowns, the Palisades plays a big part in our viewshed,” Catherine Parker, the committee’s chairwoman, said. For the company to follow through with its plans, she said, “doesn’t seem like good-neighbor policy.”

The resolution will go before the full Board of Legislators in July. Rockland’s legislature passed a resolution against the project in April. In March, a quartet of former New Jersey governors wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times in opposition of LG’s plans

John Taylor, an LG spokesman, said the company is open to compromising on the building’s height.

“We would be willing to consider reducing the height somewhat. It won’t be below the treeline,” he said, but it might not have to meet the full, proposed height. “We hope the parties can meet somewhere in the middle.”

The project is currently wending its way through the courts, slowed, he said, by legal appeals.

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