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New digs: An artist's impression of the new Salvation Army centre at Remarkables Park

A new mega-complex at Queenstown’s Remarkables Park will allow The Salvation Army to create a community hub that’s been two decades in the making.

The Sallies want to build a large centre on Pin Oak Avenue, south of Wakatipu High School. It would house a worship centre, offices, family store, food bank and leasable office space.

Local Salvation Army lieutenant Andrew Green says they’re hoping the larger space will allow them to grow both their worship community and support services.

The building will be two storeys, with a view to other social agencies occupying space on the second floor. It’s a vision that was first raised about 20 years ago. “It’s been slow moving,” Green says.

It comes amid a rise in demand for social services, particularly around mental health and isolation. “Queenstown’s a very transient community,” he says.

Remarkables Park makes sense as a location from a logistical point of view.

“It’s almost the centre of the Wakatipu area. We want a really good space that’s accessible to as many people as possible.”

Mountain Scene revealed last November that the Sallies were ditching their current Camp Street premises, which Green says is because they’re starting to outgrow it.

On a 190sqm land parcel, the building was built in 1991 and converted for use by The Salvation Army. He’s not sure when the move will be made.

Green says they’ll also be keeping their Gorge Road site. The cost of the building project will be funded internally, and not from any public campaigns, he says.

daisy.hudson@scene.co.nz