Q. What are LG’s plans for its new headquarters building?
Q. Where is LG’s current HQ and how many people does it employ?
Q. Where will LG’s new HQ be constructed?
Q. Did LG consider other sites locally or elsewhere?
Q. At what stage is the planning process for the project?
Q. Does the local community support the project?
Q. What is the impact of the building on the view of the Palisades?
Q. Will the opposition’s appeal slow down LG’s project?
Q. Why doesn’t LG just construct the building shorter and fatter?
Q. Is LG concerned about delays?
Q. When will construction begin?
LG will build its new North American headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. The $300 million LG corporate campus will include a low-slung horizontal office building consisting of two wings totaling 490,000 square feet. The new HQ will be a world-class green building and a showcase for environmentally-friendly design promoting energy efficiency, water conservation and reducing carbon emissions.
This building will create more than 2,000 construction jobs, retain hundreds of existing jobs and allow LG to expand its workforce in the coming years. Included in the plans is a $2 million investment in a Science Education Center, a resource for local children and schools.
LG has been based in Englewood Cliffs, for 25 years, with its current headquarters located at 1000 Sylvan Avenue. With a total of about 500 employees, LG has outgrown its main location and currently also leases two other nearby buildings. The new HQ will bring all of these employees, plus hundreds of others, into a single location while allowing room for future expansion. Total employment is expected to reach 1,200 by 2017 and as many as 1,600 by 2020.
The 27-acre property at 111 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., was purchased by LG in 2010. It was formerly the site of an operations center for a bank. LG’s plans will transform the site, which is currently dominated by poorly maintained asphalt parking lots, by increasing the amount of green space by more than 50 percent and planting more than 700 new trees.
LG looked at nearly 200 sites around the U.S. including sites at locations such as California and Illinois, where the company also has key operations. No other site matched LG’s needs as well as 111 Sylvan. LG has always hoped that it would be possible to continue its very successful 25-year partnership with Englewood Cliffs.
Following six public hearings in a two-year transparent process, the project has received strong support from the Borough of Englewood Cliffs, the Bergen County Planning Board and New Jersey state departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection, among others. LG received all necessary approvals for the project design.
On Aug. 9, 2013, a New Jersey court upheld the Englewood Cliffs zoning board’s approval of LG’s new North American headquarters building. In his ruling, Superior Court Judge Alexander H. Carver III validated the right of the zoning board to grant a height variance.
On Nov. 14, 2013, LG celebrated the start of demolition, the first step of the construction of the new LG North American Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs.
In addition to support from all the relevant planning bodies, LG has engaged with local residents throughout the planning process, carefully listening to citizens’ points of view and indeed making changes to the plan as a result of their input. Recent media coverage resulted in many neighbors in the immediate vicinity of the site contacting LG to express their support for the project.
LG agrees that the Palisades is an iconic part of New Jersey and is confident that the design will not “harm the Palisades.” As was required by the planning process, LG consulted with local organizations. LG’s site at 111 Sylvan Avenue is not on the Palisades. Even though the property is a quarter mile back from the cliffs, one of the bodies LG met with on multiple occasions was the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. At the end of the process, LG had met all reasonable concerns and received all the necessary planning permissions.
LG is moving ahead with the project as approved. LG respects the legal appeal process, but we are not concerned about the appeal. The Court ruled correctly and decided this case on long-established legal principles that municipalities have the power and authority to best determine local zoning decisions. The issues before the trial court were properly decided by Judge Carver and LG is confident that Judge Carver’s ruling and the Zoning Board’s approval will likewise be upheld on appeal.
Opponents of LG’s building have given the impression that LG can easily redesign its new HQ building and lower its height. A redesign of the building will severely delay the economic and community benefits the new building will bring to the region. New Jersey needs jobs now. The current design received all necessary approvals from the State of New Jersey, Bergen County and the Borough of Englewood Cliffs. A redesign will mean a new round of approvals, additional architectural and site-planning work, as well as opening the door to further legal challenges and related financial costs.
Yes, but the company will not be deterred by self-interested special interest groups, which mostly constitute a vocal minority of New Yorkers who are not interested in the economic well-being of New Jersey, or the economic benefits and construction jobs that the LG project will create. These groups likewise overlook the incredible environmental benefits of this project.
New Jersey, Bergen County and the Borough of Englewood Cliffs cannot afford to wait for the benefits of the LG project. The court’s decision reaffirms that LG did everything correctly in the approval process. LG now intends to proceed with its LEED-certified project as approved.
Work already has begun at the construction site. The company started demolition of the existing buildings at 111 Sylvan Ave. in November 2013.