Watchtower Purchases Inn for Volunteer Labor

Hampton Inn, Newburgh

The Watchtower Society purchased another property on Friday 21st March 2014, says a report in the New York state Times Herald-Record. The Hampton Inn in Newburgh, New York state will be used to house short-term volunteers working on the Watchtower’s new Headquarters in Warwick, Orange County, New York. The purchase price has not been divulged.

The Watchtower Society appears to be interested in further property purchases. An apartment complex with current tenants could be the next purchase they make in the area. This could house members of the regional building committees who will be working on the Warwick site until the anticipated completion date in late 2016.

Local congregations close to the site have also been asked to make rooms available for short term volunteers.

After the billon dollar sell off of most of the former Brooklyn HQ, progress is being made at the Warwick site.  Planning files indicate that there will be “a series of green-roofed buildings for worship and offices.” There will also be buildings for laundry services, cooking/dining, infirmary, storage, vehicle maintenance and recreation.

The comments below the article show that some local residents have concerns about the expansion and possible tax exempt status of the Watchtower Society. One reader says, “It would help if these towns would stop the tax exempt statuses of these places to give the rest of us a break. We live in Orange Co. and pay quite a bit here too for our school taxes. I can see giving a ‘religious’ place an acre or two for their church/temple & parsonage, but the acreage they have is unreal.”

More details and comments can be found here:
Times Herald Record
http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140322/BIZ/403220306

JWSurvey.com has reported on recent property sales and the move from Brooklyn Heights to the Warwick site:
http://jwsurvey.org/category/property-sales 

Susannah

About Susannah

"Susannah," JWReport's News and Opinion Editor, is very familiar with the Watchtower Society and its leaders past and present. An experienced editor and writer, she was born and raised in the UK where she was an active Jehovah's Witness until she was 28. She now lives and works in southern Europe.

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