Watchtower EIR Accepted in Warwick

March 8, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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By Linda Collins
Brooklyn Eagle

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ final Environmental Impact Report has been approved in Warwick, N.Y., but the move of its world headquarters from Brooklyn Heights to Warwick is still years away.

 “We still don’t know how long it will be before we can build at Warwick,” said Richard Devine, a spokesperson for the Witnesses (also known as the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society).

“The Warwick Planning Board voted to accept our final Environmental Impact Statement as complete, pending certain corrections,” Devine told the Eagle this week. “Once these corrections are submitted, likely in the next couple of weeks, the town will allow 10 days for comments. After this period, we will move on to the next stage of the approval process. It will be some time before the entire process will be complete and we will have a final decision. We are not in a position to predict how long that will be.”

Only then can construction — as well as the required property remediation — begin. So the move “will still be years away,” according to Devine.

As previously reported, the site’s buildings were originally built 50 years ago for the International Nickel Co. (now known as INCO) for its research and development division. That division was closed in 1983.

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