OCTOBER 3, 2013 | UNITED STATES
NEW YORK—On October 2, 2013, Jehovah’s Witnesses finalized the sale of a five-building complex in Brooklyn, New York, to RFR and Kushner Companies. The Witnesses vacated the complex in 55 days after signing an agreement to sell the buildings in July. The buildings were formerly used for the Witnesses’ printing operations.
Real estate professionals note that the availability of the Witnesses’ buildings in Brooklyn sparked intense interest among several large real estate firms. Jared Kushner, chief executive officer of Kushner Companies, states: “We rushed to put together a competitive bid for the project. . . . It’s a very exciting opportunity.”
For the Witnesses, the sale of the five-building complex signals the upcoming move of their world headquarters from Brooklyn to a property they purchased in Warwick, New York. “This sale is definitely a big step in our relocation plan,” states David A. Semonian, a media spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The Witnesses plan to complete construction of their new world headquarters sometime in 2017. Richard Devine, chairman of the Witnesses’ construction project committee, states: “Moving our headquarters to Warwick is simply the best use of our resources, enabling us to further expand our global Bible education work.”
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