Permits have been filed for a 26-story mixed-use building at 30 Front Street, a parking lot for the Jehovah Witnesses Watchtower building in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The lot was the last significant piece of property that the organization had to sell, a process started in 2011 following a decision to move upstate to Warwick, New York. Fortis Property Group is behind the applications.
The 270-foot tall structure will yield 360,000 square feet, with 177,900 square feet for residential use and 72,500 square feet for community facility use. The rest of the space will likely be occupied by the 416 parking spaces to be included. 74 apartments will be created, averaging 2,400 square feet, indicating higher-end condominiums than usual.
Two duplex penthouses will share floors 24-25, with full-floor units on the top floor and floor 22. Residents will have access to a lounge, gym, a sauna, spa, yoga room, and passive recreational space on the sixth floor connected to a pool.
Hill West Architects will be responsible for the design.
The lot is not within the current boundaries of the DUMBO Historic district, so the design may not require LPC approval. The estimated completion date has not been announced.
Other projects on sites formerly owned by the Witnesses include the iconic Watchtower Building, 69 Adams Street, and 85 Jay Street. Regarding the latter, in May of this year, a YIMBY reader provided imagery from the site of the 21-story mixed-use project developed by LIVWRK and the CIM Group. The developers purchased the site in December 2016 for $345 million. The Witnesses still own two small properties at 80 and 86 Willow Street.