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Legal battle to continue over electronics firm's plan for corporate tower in northern Jersey


ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, New Jersey — The legal battle will continue over an electronics company's plan to build a corporate tower in northern New Jersey.

LG Electronics USA announced last month that it had reached a deal to with conservation groups to resolve their concerns about the $300 million project proposed for the firm's site in Englewood Cliffs. Part of the agreement called for the company to sharply reduce the height of its planned 143-foot corporate tower.

But lawyers for two women who were the first to sue over the project told The Record (http://bit.ly/1LZDT5s) that their clients were not part of that deal and still want their day in court.

The agreement with conservationists called for the firm to build a five-story north wing that will be just shy of 70 feet in height. There will also be a three-story south wing.

In return, the conservation groups agreed to withdraw their appeal of zoning approvals the company received from the Bergen County town. A state judge had upheld the approvals in 2013.

Officials have said the deal — reached after 11 months of negotiations — protects scenic views of the Palisades along the Hudson River. Concerns about the views were among the many issues critics raised about the project.

The company said the new 360,000-square-foot corporate campus will allow it to double its local employment to more than 1,000 by 2019.

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