Holy smokes: Developer reveals first look at swanky Brooklyn Heights senior housing

Holy smokes: Developer reveals first look at swanky Brooklyn Heights senior housing
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It’s heaven on earth!

Developers unveiled plans for a massive luxury senior housing complex inside an old Brooklyn Heights hotel formerly owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses last week.

The $330 million renovation of the former Leverich Towers Hotel on Clark Street, dubbed the “Watermark at Brooklyn Heights,” by Florida-based investment group Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors will offer opulent amenities for Kings County’s well-heeled oldsters near Willow Street when it opens in early 2020.

The bigwig builders bought the 16-story building from the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2017 for $200 million and partnered with Arizona-based company Watermark Retirement Communities to retrofit the building into a swanky retirement palace featuring 275 rental apartments spread across its 310,000 square feet.

Developers unveiled their plans for a sprawling luxury rental complex for seniors at the former Leverich Towers Hotel in Brooklyn Heights.
Watermark at Brooklyn Heights

Rentals start at $8,245 for a studio and go all the way up to a whopping $22,000 for a two-bedroom, according to the head of Watermark Retirement Communities, Andrea Ellen.

The building also boasts a rooftop terrace, along with theaters, dining venues, a pool, fitness center, spa, beauty salon, art studios, and a library spread across three floors.

And that’s not all! The fancy retirement home will boast a private art gallery with rotating exhibits featuring local and emerging artists, mainly from Brooklyn, which will sometimes be open to the public during cultural and educational events, according to Ellen.

The religious organization bought the hotel in 1975 and used the ritzy digs to house its volunteer members, but sold it to the developer, along with the sale of its expansive portfolio in and around that neighborhood to other firms, when it moved its headquarters from Brooklyn to upstate New York.

The 16-story 1920s building features a rooftop terrace.
Watermark at Brooklyn Heights

Large developers have started revamping a slate of former properties once owned by the religious group, including a renovation of their massive former Columbia Heights headquarters and their former parking lot on Front and York streets in Dumbo, where developers are erecting a 21-story two-tower condo complex with a huge gated garden.

They also previously hawked the former 12-story Standish Arms Hotel which became a luxury condo complex and the Bossert Hotel, which after years of delays was scheduled to open in September but missed its opening date yet again, the Brooklyn Eagle reported.

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Some 50,000 square feet of the building are earmarked for amenities across three full floors, including a library.
Watermark at Brooklyn Heights