Jehovah's Witnesses List Another Brooklyn Heights Property

DNA, New York/April 28, 2016

By Alexandra Leon

Brooklyn Heights — The Jehovah’s Witnesses have put another big Brooklyn property on the market.

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has listed its 154,000-square-foot building at 107 Columbia Heights on its real estate website.

The 11-story, 161-unit property was was built in 1959 and renovated in 2007, according to the Watchtower.

The sizable building spans an entire block at Orange Street and includes a large auditorium with theater seating that has its own entrance on Willow Street, parallel to Columbia Heights.

The building also features private and rooftop terraces with prime views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor.

The property is located just next to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade entrance at Orange Street, and is blocks away from the 2/3 trains at Clark Street and the A/C trains at High Street.

Tucker Reed, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, has estimated the building will sell for about $154 million, according to the Commercial Observer, which first reported the story.

The building, which is in a landmark district and classified as a dormitory, is likely to be converted into luxury condos, rentals or a hotel instead of being torn down, according to Brownstoner.

A Watchtower spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The property at 107 Columbia Heights is one of the last few buildings the group will sell off before moving its headquarters upstate to Warwick.

Construction of the new headquarters is expected to be completed by September, according to the Watchtower.

The property at 107 Columbia Heights was listed the same week that the Witnesses reached a deal on the sale of two massive properties nearby: the iconic Watchtower building at 25-30 Columbia Heights and the massive lot at 85 Jay Street.

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