Circuit hall for sale - Netherlands (even has a website)

by Anony Mous 9 Replies latest watchtower scandals

  • Anony Mous
    Anony Mous

    Built in 1966, Renovated 4 times since last in 2011, they then built a new one for EUR 8M and sold this one.

    Roughly translated: The Foundation for Building and Exploitation of Congregation Buildings of Jehovah's Witnesses (Department Bennekom) is happy to announce the sale of the congregation hall at Edesweg 147 in Bennekom.

    The well maintained building of approximately 5700 sq meters divided in two layers with approximately 300 parking places on included property offers great possibilities for various fits.

    On the edge of the "food valley" and "knowledge axis" lays the place Bennekom currently fully under development. Both the reachability and the compartments of the buildings offer the space for various fits and cooperation between interested parties.

  • TheWonderofYou

    Good morning

    Here as info a Google Street view 360 surround shot.

    The place is located ideal at the motorway. A good place for an educational institution, a private college or a shopping mall.

    Thats funny:

    You translated "The Foundation for Building and Exploitation of Congregation", whereas the

    object of investments' homepage says "the foundation of construction and operation of meeting places".,+6721+JV+Bennekom,+Niederlande/@52.0113282,5.6730113,252m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x24ddc5ba94b1042e!8m2!3d52.011466!4d5.6720594

  • Gorbatchov

    Price is 10 milion Euro.


  • pale.emperor

    It's a shame the KH's dont have the beauty of other churches or temples. The Mormons got it right when it came to building temples. You'd be forgiven for thinking this KH is an office or warehouse.

  • TheWonderofYou

    Its getting a bit long in the tooth although so much people worked here voluntary and for the only true and real kingdom that exists, tearing down and building the new one here was here no alternative.

  • jwleaks
    From OP (translation): Exploitation of Congregation Buildings of Jehovah's Witnesses . . .

    Google translation has finally figured out the Watch Tower Society.

  • St George of England
    St George of England
    It's a shame the KH's dont have the beauty of other churches or temples. The Mormons got it right when it came to building temples. You'd be forgiven for thinking this KH is an office or warehouse.

    Who wants to buy a second hand temple? I'm sure there is a much greater market for offices, warehouses and property with development potential.


  • sp74bb

    Impressive !!!

  • Anony Mous
    Anony Mous

    The area itself used to be a small farm town of a few thousand people but is now under development targeted at people working in nearby institutions which is why they can sell it for $10M. Most likely they are looking to sell to a developer looking to make a mall-type or office building.

    They built a new one out of steel for $8M in a cheaper, less developed area first, so it's a "net $2M" profit which the local congregations do not get any credit for.

    From what I remember, there used to be one or two families of "special pioneers" working as janitors. Not sure what will happen to them. I've been there and the building definitely has potential although it will need some windows ;-)

    I just found it interesting they have a website dedicated to the sale which they are "very happy" to sell.

  • TheWonderofYou

    The organisation is in a real flow, in which it applies the financial rules that are known common under bankers. Besides the professional management of assets, they forget that in economics there has always been a basic rule, to act fair with all partners.

    With such exploitation of the members where the profit remains at one happy smiling side, and the donators are happy to bear the operating costs with their dontations but exclusion of profits and of co-decision, it is an unfair game perhaps comparable with even things like usury or gombeen. The members are the renters.

    usury - the practice of making unethical or immoral monetary loans that unfairly enrich the lender.

    The First Council of Nicaea, in 325, forbade clergy from engaging in usury[13] (canon 17). At the time, usury was interest of any kind, and the canon forbade the clergy to lend money at interest rates even as low as 1 percent per year. Later ecumenical councils applied this regulation to the laity.[13][14]

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