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Details Revealed For Kushner, LIVWRK's Conversion Of Brooklyn Watchtower Complex

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Details Revealed For Kushner, LIVWRK's Conversion Of Brooklyn Watchtower Complex
A rendering of Panorama, the planned update of the Jehovah's Witnesses' Watchtower complex

Nearly a year after its purchase of the Jehovah's Witnesses' Watchtower complex, the development team has revealed its plans for redevelopment.

Columbia Heights Associates, a group made up of Kushner Cos., CIM Group and LIVWRK, purchased the venerable set of five Brooklyn Heights buildings from the Jehovah's Witnesses for $340M in the summer of 2016, as the religious group pulled up stakes for a new headquarters in Warwick upstate. Now, they have come forth with their new designs for the complex, to be called Panorama.

The five skybridge-connected buildings at 25-30 Columbia Heights will remain, with internal renovations to modernize its electronic and data system, lobbies and elevators. All told, Panorama is expected to have about 650K SF of Class-A office space with 11-foot-high ceilings and the same double-height assembly spaces that were installed by the Jehovah's Witnesses.

At street level, Columbia Heights Associates is planning around 35K SF of retail, with some public lobbies and outdoor public art and culture spaces.