Hundreds of brothers and sisters have come from all over the world on a sort of religious pilgrimage, joining together on a grand adventure to construct a new mother church headquarters in the woody surrounds of Orange County, NY. On Monday evening, the Watchtower organization will make its big reveal at the Tuxedo Town Hall related to the global scope of the Jehovah’s Witnesses grand facility on Long Meadow Road in Tuxedo and planned headquarters in Warwick.
The Jehovah’s purchased some 250 acres in 2009 in Warwick and Tuxedo along Long Meadow, including the old International Paper 50 acre site.
The JW Tuxedo site at the former International Paper Company facility was given conditional approval in 2013 and has since then been a hive of activity. The site is being constructed as a support and staging area for the construction of the world headquarters for Jehovah’s Witnesses scheduled to be built just down Long Meadow Road in Warwick, and will contain housing, workshops and storage facilities for additional construction projects. The JW’s also purchased several buildings in Suffern to serve as temporary living quarters for church members coming from throughout the world to work on the massive construction project.
In 2004, Watchtower began moving publishing activities from its iconic Brooklyn property, the one with the giant Watchtower sign, complete with time and temperature read out, that stood for some 44 years as the Witnesses version of the Vatican. The sale of the building and five other Dumbo (down under the bridge) properties was completed in 2013 for some $375 million dollars, with the building’s due to become part of Brooklyn’s growing tech triangle that includes the Brooklyn Navel yard and other downtown areas.
The enormous Wallkill Watchtower headquarters is the center of the religious organization’s printing and shipping operations. The Warwick world headquarters facility is scheduled to house some 800 Witnesses who will live and work at the there and is scheduled to include an office building, a services building, and four residence buildings spread out over 45 acres of wooded wetlands. A museum documenting the modern-day history of Jehovah’s Witnesses is also planned.
Monday’s presentation at Tuxedo Town Hall will include an overview by Watchtower on the global scope of Jehovah’s Witnesses efforts, including current and future use of the Long Meadow Road facility in Tuxedo.