The Director of the U.S. National Park Service, Jonathan B. Jarvis, told the Englewood Cliffs Planning Board that its approval of the 143-foot LG tower would “introduce a massive incompatible feature” that would endanger the Palisades, a U.S. Natural and Historic Landmark extending for miles north of the George Washington Bridge.
In a letter to Edwin Fehre, Planning Board chairman for the Borough of Englewood Cliffs, Director Jarvis states, "The current development proposal...threatens the nationally significant, historic scenic integrity of the Palisades in a major way."
Director Jarvis notes that that the Palisades Interstate Park is designated as a National Natural Landmark (NNL) and a National Historic Landmark (NHL), which he said "is a rare dual distinction."
The National Park Service is the administrator of the NNL and NHL programs and advocates for protection and supports efforts to protect these nationally significant sites. It does not have formal review authority over the LG project, however. To date, LG and the Borough of Englewood Cliffs have not sought advice or technical guidance from the National Park Service regarding the development plan.
Mr. Jarvis also highlights the history of the Palisades: "The cliffs have been protected through the precedent-setting conservation efforts of many individuals in the states of New Jersey and New York. This record of respect and coexistence demonstrates that the growth of communities can be achieved while at the same time respecting the natural environment and the public amenities that have been established at considerable effort and expense for the use and enjoyment of all people."