The Brooklyn Eagle did a little digging around and filed a report on what could happen to the Watchtower’s infamous underground tunnels once they finish selling off their properties in Brooklyn Heights.
The organization currently has a deal with the NYC DOT to operate the passageways under Orange Street, Columbia Heights and Willow Street.
Brooklyn Eagle: So what will become of the tunnels when the Witnesses sell their spectacularly situated buildings at 97, 107, 119 and 124 Columbia Heights and 21 Clark St. and move to upstate Warwick, where they are constructing a new headquarters?
They will be probably be shut down, one real estate source thinks.
Buyers will find the buildings too pricey to turn into student housing – for which tunnels would be useful – and most likely will convert them to condos. The last thing residents of a pricey condo building want is to provide other people underground access to their property.
“There would be the issue of security,” the source said.
The Watchtower doesn’t own the tunnels and can’t transfer its right to use them without the city agencies’ written consent.
“I think the DOT would not transfer the rights to the tunnels,” the source said.