News article: Watchtower buys another parcel

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    Watchtower buys another parcel

    Jehovah's Witnesses to exit Brooklyn for Orange County This is the former International Nickel Co. site in Warwick that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society purchased two years ago to be the site of its new world headquarters. The former International Nickel property is about six miles from the society's latest purchase, the one-time International Paper property in Tuxedo.

    By Alyssa Sunkin Times Herald-Record Published: 2:00 AM - 08/25/11

    The Jehovah's Witnesses organization is moving forward with its plans to move its world headquarters to the Town of Warwick. As a precursor to that move, the organization has scooped up a piece of nearby Tuxedo real estate that has sat vacant for years.

    The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York — part of the global Watchtower organization — recently purchased the former International Paper building and 50 acres of land on Long Meadow Road for $3.2 million, according to Steve Perfit of the Cushman and Wakefield-Pyramid Brokerage Co., the firm that represented Watchtower in the deal.

    That site is about six miles from the International Nickel Co. site in Warwick, where the Jehovah's Witnesses want to relocate from the current headquarters in Brooklyn.

    "Our Brooklyn footprint is large, (and) not efficient anymore, and the work we do now is administrative, office-related, there's no industrial component anymore," Watchtower spokesman Richard Devine said. "As a result, it seemed like a good fit to consolidate and create a much more efficient, much more environmentally friendly complex."

    Property in two towns

    Watchtower intends to use the International Paper property to support construction efforts at the Warwick property it acquired two years ago. Long-term plans for the International Paper property remain unclear.

    "It seemed ideally suited for staging a lot of the temporary construction facilities we would need in order to build the site down the road," Devine said. "It seemed like a good fit for us."

    International Paper wound down its operations at the 184,900-square-foot facility — part offices and labs and part warehousing and factory floor — in mid-2004, amid layoffs and an overhaul of its product development operations. It's been empty since 2007.

    Watchtower has applied to the Warwick Planning Board to demolish two existing buildings on the International Nickel site and build eight new buildings — an administrative office building, four residences, a maintenance building, a vehicle maintenance building and a three-level, partially enclosed parking garage.

    The organization also proposes several small outbuildings for recreation, recycling, visitor conveniences and maintenance. The buildings, to be constructed on about 45 of the former International Nickel property's 253 acres, are intended to be sustainable and eco-friendly.

    Environmental review process

    The proposal is going through the state's environmental review process. Only Warwick officials commented on a draft environmental impact statement during a public comment period that ended Aug. 3, and Watchtower is in the process of answering those comments in a final impact statement.

    Since the review process is ongoing, the group has yet to set a target date for when it would move into its new Warwick headquarters.

    Should development be approved, that would mean most — if not all — of Watchtower's operations would be located in the Hudson Valley. Watchtower moved all of its printing operations to a facility in Shawangunk in 2004, and also maintains properties in Putnam and Rockland counties.

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  • Room 215
    Room 215

    Significant news, thanks; it seems the WT is sinking its claws ever deeper into the present system of things! Doesn't anyone ever care to remind them that they're supposed to averting bloodguilt by directing their energies and resources into shouting out their life-saving message to the billions of men, women and children from the impending doom they face at any moment, and by any means available to them?

  • dozy

    thanks barb.

    Looks like the WTBTS are pursuing something of a land grab in this area. Sounds like something of a opportunistic land purchase for a plot that has been on the market for a while. 6 miles away is a bit far , but doubtless the WTBTS could use it for warehousing or similar.

  • fade_away

    Why would they be making such big plans for the future and wasting so much money on new property when the "end is right around the corner" and "imminent"? Looks to me as if they know what they teach is false.

  • still thinking
    still thinking

    LOL fade....they gotta do SOMETHING with ALL that money! What better than a shift to the country?...Ahhhh....lovely!.. Maybe they'll get some bunkers ready while they're at it.

  • Terry

    Orange County is the new Beverly Hills. When the riots plagued Los Angeles all the high income people moved to Orange.

    When Real Estate goes up anywhere it will start in Orange County. This is a golden state investment with unlimited potential.

    They are buying when the market has bottomed out.

    If you are swimming in cash in a rotten economy it is only real estate that has LONG TERM value certainty.

    And yes, there is a diabolical IRONY to behold. On one side, they make their money off of END TIMES while investing in LONG TERM.

    You gotta give em credit for hubris.

  • OnTheWayOut

    Thanks for your credible news sources, Barbara.

  • Doubting Bro
    Doubting Bro

    Wrong Orange County. Not CA but NY.

    Not shocked at all about the purchase. They've made no secret about their move to this area and move out of Brooklyn. They flipped the expensive real estate for cheaper digs in the country. Build the new buildings with "volunteer" labor and lock in an instant profit. This has been their game plan for years.

  • sir82
    Orange County is the new Beverly Hills. When the riots plagued Los Angeles all the high income people moved to Orange.

    Ermm, isn't the article referring to Orange County, New York?

  • Pams girl
    Pams girl

    Thanks Barb.

    WHY are they buying all this.......isnt the end RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER........NO.......HOME STRAIGHT?????

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