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Luxury Senior Community Opens Its Doors at Former Leverich Towers Hotel in Brooklyn Heights

Brownstoner
October 14, 2020 | Craig Hubert
The highly anticipated conversion of the Leverich Towers Hotel into a high-end assisted living facility for seniors in Brooklyn Heights is complete, with residents beginning to move into the revamped historic building.
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How Watermark is Elevating Arts and Culture Programming At Its $330M NYC Community

Senior Housing News
July 7, 2020 | Tim Regan
It’s become a cliche that future senior living residents will demand much more than bingo and Bible study — and providers are now elevating their offerings to new heights.
Take Watermark Retirement Communities, which hired an arts educator and film and theater director to lead activities and programming at its luxury development slated to open soon in New York City.
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Chef Kertes Joins Watermark at Brooklyn Heights Senior Community in Brooklyn as Executive Chef

New York Real Estate Journal
July 21, 2020
Brooklyn, NY Chef Kfir Kertes has joined The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, a 275-unit seniors housing residence at 21 Clark St., opening this summer, as executive chef.
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Sahar Ben Edalati Joins The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights Luxury Senior Community as Associate Executive Director

Senior Living News
April 30, 2020
BROOKLYN, NY–Sahar Ben Edalati has joined The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, a 275-unit luxury seniors housing residence at 21 Clark Street, opening in summer 2020, as Associate Executive Director.
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Rocco Bertini Joins The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights Luxury Senior Community as Executive Director

Argentum
March 8, 2020
Rocco Bertini, CDAL, has joined The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, a 275-unit luxury senior living residence at 21 Clark Street, opening in Spring 2020, as executive director. The Brooklyn Heights location is one of four in Watermark’s Élan Collection lifestyle brand of premier properties offering personal service with grand scale amenities.
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The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights New Exec Director

Commercial Construction Renovation
March 6, 2020 | davidc@ccr-mag.com
Rocco Bertini, CDAL, has joined The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, a 275-unit luxury senior living residence at 21 Clark Street, opening in Spring 2020, as Executive Director. The Brooklyn Heights location is one of four in Watermark’s Élan Collection lifestyle brand of premier properties offering personal service with grand scale amenities.
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Luxury Senior Housing Set to Open in Brooklyn Heights’ Former Leverich Towers Hotel

6sqft
February 4, 2020 | Alexandra Alexa
A luxury senior housing community is coming to Brooklyn Heights at 21 Clark Street. Built in 1928 as the Leverich Towers Hotel (famous for hosting the Brooklyn Dodgers when they were in town for home games), the 16-story building was bought by the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1975 and used as a residence hall for about 1,000 local volunteers.
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Retirement Housing Gets Luxurious in Brooklyn

Engineering News-Record
January 18, 2020 | Tom Stabile
A luxury residential building moving to completion in Brooklyn, N.Y. has a unique mission: creating a medically equipped structure that also is amenity-rich and features high-end design for older New York City adults. The project team on the $330-million Watermark in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood aims to succeed by transforming 21 Clark St.—an historic hotel that spent the last several decades as office and dormitory space—into an elite 275-unit property with a collection of health, dining, fitness, cultural and other lifestyle features.
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Matt Damon’s Brooklyn Heights Condo is an Old Jehovah’s Witnesses Building. What Became of all These Properties?

Brooklyn Daily Eagle
February 26, 2020 | Lore Croghan
Eye on Real Estate: A property the Jehovah’s Witnesses sold when they moved their world headquarters out of Brooklyn Heights to upstate New York is now a condo building where Matt Damon reportedly bought the penthouse.
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Holy Smokes: Developer Reveals First Look at Swanky Brooklyn Heights Senior Housing

Brooklyn Paper
November 6, 2019 | Kevin Duggan
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.
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See Inside Brooklyn Heights’ Historic Leverich Towers Hotel, Set to Open to Seniors in March

Brownstoner
October 31, 2019 | Cate Corcoran
Private equity firm Kayne Anderson Real Estate is aiming for a March opening for the highly anticipated conversion of the Leverich Towers Hotel at 21 Clark Street into a high-end assisted living facility for seniors, the firm and its partners said Tuesday. The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, as it will be known, will be operated by Watermark/The Freshwater Group, which also has an ownership stake in the property. Tishman Speyer is codeveloping.
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Former Jehovah’s Witness Dorm Becomes Luxe Senior Living Facility in Brooklyn Heights

Commercial Observer
February 2, 2020 | Rebecca Baird-Remba
A former residential hotel in Brooklyn Heights is being renovated into a high-end senior living facility with 50,000 feet of amenities.
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Watermark at Brooklyn Heights Joins Élan Collection

Commerical Construction/Renovation
November 18, 2019 | davidc@ccr-mag.com
The $330 million redevelopment of 21 Clark Street, by Watermark Retirement Communities in a partnership with Kayne Anderson Real Estate, proceeds on schedule for the early 2020 opening. The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights is a conversion of the beloved, historic Leverich Towers Hotel and a former Jehovah’s Witnesses’ residential property, into an upscale senior residence, which will feature 275 newly renovated residences. The building, considered one of Brooklyn’s iconic architectural landmarks, joins Watermark’s new lifestyle brand, the Élan Collection.
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Behind the Scenes of Watermark’s $330M Landmark Brooklyn Redevelopment

Senior Housing News
November 15, 2019 | Chuck Sudo
The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights is transforming the landmark 16-story Leverich Towers Hotel in Brooklyn into 275 units — 204 assisted living, 42 memory care and 29 independent living — along with 50,000 square-feet of amenities and unobstructed views of downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
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Historic Leverich Towers Hotel and Former Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Residential Property Converted into Upscale Senior Residence.

Archinect
November 13, 2019 | Kayne Anderson Real Estate
The $330 million redevelopment of 21 Clark by Watermark Retirement Communities in a partnership with Kayne Anderson Real Estate, proceeds on Schedule for the early 2020 opening.
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High-End Senior Housing Coming to Brooklyn Heights

Connect New York Commerical Real Estate News
November 8, 2019
The $330-million redevelopment of 21 Clark St. by Watermark Retirement Communities and partner Kayne Anderson Real Estate is proceeding on schedule for an early 2020 opening.
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Watermark Retirement Community’s Renovation Of 21 Clark Street Progresses In Brooklyn Heights

New York YIMBY
November 8, 2019 | Sebastian Morris
Renovation work is progressing on the Watermark at Brooklyn Heights at 21 Clark Street. Developed in collaboration by Watermark Retirement Communities and Kayne Anderson Real Estate, the project will debut as senior housing with 275 newly renovated residences. Located in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, the 16-story, 310,000-square-foot property was originally constructed in 1928 as the Leverich Towers Hotel. In 1975, Watchtower purchased the property as housing for its local Jehovah Witness volunteer force and began to restore the intricate architectural features that defined the building.
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A tour of the landmarked Watchtower property being transformed into luxury senior housing

Brooklyn Daily Eagle
November 6, 2019 | Lore Croghan
A Brooklyn Heights Watchtower property that was previously a swanky hotel where the top-paid Brooklyn Dodgers stayed is being turned into high-end seniors housing.
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These NYC Senior Residences Come With Luxury Condo Amenities

Forbes
September 29, 2019 | Lisa Chamoff
“There hasn’t been anything of this scale in the neighborhood,” said Michael Flores, membership director at Watermark Senior Living Brooklyn. “There’s been a tremendous response since we opened the leasing gallery.”
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Making Plays: Senior Living Is the Asset Class Du Jour for Welltower and Others

Commercial Observer
April 9, 2019 | Chava Gourarie
Another Brooklyn development, at 21 Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights, is being developed by a joint venture between Kayne Anderson Real Estate and The Freshwater Group, with Freshwater’s operating arm, Watermark Retirement Communities, operating the facility. While Kayne provided the majority of the capital, Freshwater is overseeing the $100 million-plus development and teamed up with Tishman Speyer to transform the former Jehovah’s Witness dormitory into senior housing, according to David Freshwater, the chairman of Watermark.
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