View of the Palisdes across the George Washington Bridge

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ-The plan by LG Electronics USA Inc. to build a new 143-foot tower as its North American headquarters has drawn some criticism from conservation groups and the Rockefeller family.

Conservationists, including environmental attorney Larry Rockefeller, are charging that the tower would spoil the view of the northern Palisades.

Rockefeller, a trustee with the Natural Resources Defense Council, met with LG executives in Englewood Cliffs last month to ask the company to voluntarily reduce the building’s height, according to a report in The Record.

“It would mar the iconic green vista of the Palisades and open the door to other new development that could erode the stunning beauty of this landmark park,” says Mark Izeman, an NRDC director who attended the meeting with Rockefeller. “We believe they are considering these issues seriously, and we hold out the hope that their ultimate response will be positive.”

An LG spokesman told the newspaper it is too early to tell whether it can redesign the building that is scheduled to start construction later this year. See story in The Record.