35′ max building height in Englewood Cliffs would suck

All of the hoopla and arguments being made in Englewood Cliffs for not allowing  future commercial development to exceed 35 ft  in height is misguided when you know the facts:

  • First you have to know what 35′ really is
  • Second you have to fully understand what the cause and effect will be
  • Third, people need to know if this is an absolute number or can someone still exceed this height

Sometimes you think you’re getting something you’re really not

This post will address the first item…what is 35′ and what does it look like:

Here’s what 35′ translates into in the real world:

Home for sale Englewood Cliffs
Home for sale Englewood Cliffs

35′ is the height of a typical home in Englewood Cliffs East Hill home north of Palisades Avenue…PLUS a few extra few feet.  A 30-32 ft home in  Englewood Cliffs gives you a squatty fairly ugly home with a roof-line that is almost invisible roof and a look that only someone in Englewood Cliffs would love.  They accept this look but I’m not so sure how many actually love it.  This is a short height!

36'-40' long tandem parking spaces
36′-40′ long tandem parking spaces

35′ is almost the identical depth of 2  tandem parking spaces that you typically find in a  retail or commercial  parking lot.two front to front parking spaces is almost not high enough for a modern home let along a modern office building.  This is short too!

Are we claustrophobic yet!

  • 35′ is the distance you’re supposed to stay behind the car in front of you traveling at approx 15 mph.  That’s not too much either.  No need for a photo.  Slow down because that’s short!

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35′ is 5′ longer than half the length of a bowling alley from the foul line to the head pin.  WOW that’s really short!


Can you imagine a lot of people being stuffed into such a small  space!

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35′ is 15′ shorter than the width of a pro basketball court…and it’s 20 feet longer than a foul shot.  That’s short!

Can’t fit much in that amount of space either!

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In football…35′ is a 10 yard run and a stumble.  I know that’s considered a long run for the Jets…but not for the height of an office building

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35 ft is the length of 2 Mercedes S550 cars that are a staple sight   parked in the driveway of many Englewood Cliffs homes.

And you don’t even get this if 35′ includes the rooftop units that are placed on top of a commercial building

Unilever, Englewood Cliffs
Unilever, Englewood Cliffs


Even the existing Unilever building in Englewood Cliffs would be considered to tall!



A 35′ maximum height for commercial development would kill Englewood Cliffs property values and it would create even more ugly buildings.  Hey, but the good news is…people in New York wouldn’t have to look at your ugly buildings!

BTW…Walmart stores are about 35′ high.  It’s something to think about!


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