Jehovah’s Strip Tease in the Heights Continues


Yesterday Crain’s reported that 183 Columbia Heights, the last of three Jehovah’s Witnesses properties brokerage Massey Knakal was marketing, sold for $6.6 million. A managing member of the group of investors that purchased the property had this to say: “Mr. Mitchell said the deal is seen as the first of many in the borough for the group as it intends to build a multi-family portfolio there. His group has primarily focused on developing condo and commercial properties in Manhattan as well as Miami. ‘We are actively looking at properties in Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Dumbo, Vinegar Hill and Boerum Hill,’ said Mr. Mitchell, adding that Brooklyn is no longer considered a secondary place to live.” The building at 183 Columbia Heights is a seven-story, elevator apartment building, according to the article. Over the summer the Jehovah’s Witnesses put several of their Heights holdings on the market via Corcoran and Massey, and at this point at least half have sold. None of the organization’s huge buildings in the Heights or Dumbo have been put up for sale yet, though.
Group With Big Brooklyn Plan Snaps Up Property [Crain's]
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11 Comment

  • Donald Brennan

    Oddly low price for a JW property in a prime location. Curious to know why. First apartment building built in Broooklyn BTW.

  • minard

    the price is low. I doubt that it was actually delivered vacant. There must be a few old rent-control tenants in situ. They are usually very long-lived.

  • minard

    the price is low. I doubt that it was actually delivered vacant. There must be a few old rent-control tenants in situ. They are usually very long-lived.

  • no-permits

    50 orange, 161 columbia and this one all sold below ask. the buyers got great deals for such well maintained buildings and not many regulated tenants.

  • First apt building in Brooklyn was built in 1841 at the NW corner of Clinton and Atlantic; torn down in the 1920s and replaced by current art deco building.

  • To the non Jehovahs Witness Brooklyn residents,City officials,Journalist they only see some tidy bldg renovated by Watchtower “volunteer” workers.

    In 2012 the apocalyptic Watchtower is “cashing in on the kingdom”,cover stories about them moving upstate to expand don’t wash as everybody knows they are cutting back and even shrinking their Watchtower magazine to 1/2 size.

    These properties will now be ‘normalized’ and the city will recover millions in property taxes that the Watchtower as a religious entity wasn’t paying.
    Same as Scientology HQ in Clearwater Florida.

    Danny Haszard

  • To the non Jehovahs Witness Brooklyn residents,City officials,Journalist they only see some tidy bldg renovated by Watchtower “volunteer” workers.

    In 2012 the apocalyptic Watchtower is “cashing in on the kingdom”,cover stories about them moving upstate to expand don’t wash as everybody knows they are cutting back and even shrinking their Watchtower magazine to 1/2 size.

    These properties will now be ‘normalized’ and the city will recover millions in property taxes that the Watchtower as a religious entity wasn’t paying.
    Same as Scientology HQ in Clearwater Florida.

    Danny Haszard