LG Electronics breaks ground on new Englewood Cliffs headquarters

Tech company LG Electronics broke ground Tuesday on the company's new headquarters in Bergen County.

The company has been based in Englewood Cliffs for the past 30 years.

The groundbreaking went on as scheduled despite years of protests against building the new complex. Environmental groups and elected officials have argued since 2014 that the proposed 143-feet-tall tower would breach the tree line and alter the view of the Palisades.

The opposition led to a redesign and compromise of the complex. The tower will now be only 64 feet fall.

LG says that the project will create hundreds of temporary and permanent jobs for the community.

"We expect it will create over 2,000 construction jobs over the next two years," says LG spokesman John Taylor. "It will give LG the opportunity to consolidate other operations and take our employment to about 500 today in Englewood Cliffs to nearly 1,000 by the end of 2019."

The new tower will feature a five-story north wing and four-story south wing, which will protect the views of the Palisades.

The $300 million project has been in the works since 2009. It also includes plans to protect the woodlands and wetlands as well as increasing green space by about 50 percent. The company also plans on planting more than 1,500 trees.

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