Sallies sell up

Going, going, gone: The Salvation Army building in Camp Street has been sold

A piece of prime real estate in Queenstown’s CBD has been snapped up.

The purchase of the Salvation Army premises in Camp Street paves the way for the Sallies’ new mega-complex at Frankton.

Local Salvation Army lieutenant Andrew Wilson confirms the Camp St site’s sale was finalised on June 28.

It’s unclear who the new owners are.

On a 190sqm land parcel, the building was built in 1991 and converted for use by the Salvation Army.

While the Salvation Army is keeping its Gorge Road site, it’s planning a combined worship centre, offices, family store and food bank on Pin Oak Ave, south of Wakatipu High School.

Wilson says they’ve been granted resource consent for the project and are now in the design stage.

“We’re hoping to start construction next year,” he says.

The building will be two storeys, with a view to other social agencies occupying space on the second floor. The idea was first raised about 20 years ago.