Real Estate

Watchtower Buildings To Be Converted Into Panorama

Rendering courtesy of Columbia Heights Associates/Volley Studio

Columbia Heights Associates have announced plans to convert the former Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower buildings, located at 25-30 Columbia Heights, into a deluxe office and retail campus.

A joint venture comprised of CIM Group, LIVWRK Holdings, and Kushner Companies, Columbia Heights Associates purchased the five Watchtower buildings, located in Brooklyn Heights, for $340 million in August 2016.

The historic buildings will be transformed into Panorama—a 635,000-square-foot complex featuring “interconnected, customizable, Class A office space with 11-foot ceilings throughout the majority of the space,” the official announcement states.

Renovations include new lobbies, elevators, public terraces, and updated data and mechanical infrastructures as well as 35,000 square feet of retail and cultural space.

Rendering courtesy of Columbia Heights Associates/Volley Studio

The developers have chosen to keep some of the buildings’ unique features including a connective sky bridge, double-height assembly spaces, and the parking garage. Tenants will have access to panoramic views from the 20 public and private terraces.

“Panorama will be more than just a place to work – it will be a thriving community offering the best visibility and views in New York City, world-class office space, and an opportunity for tenants to infuse the campus with their culture from the very start,” said Columbia Heights Associates partner, Asher Abehsera.

 

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