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The former Wesley Methodist church, on the corner of Hillside Rd and Wesley St in South Dunedin, is being demolished.
A Methodist Church spokeswoman, who did not want to be named, said the building was sold to JS Commercial Property earlier this year.
The church was built in 1890 and used as a church hall and Sunday school, she said.
The developer, who did not want to be named, said the church would be demolished within the next six weeks.
The land would remain vacant until a decision was made on any future development.
The church was being demolished because it was deemed too expensive to earthquake strengthen, he said.