Church to be demolished

The former Wesley Methodist church. Photos: Gerard O'Brien
The former Wesley Methodist church. Photos: Gerard O'Brien
The now deserted Wesley Methodist church.
The now deserted Wesley Methodist church.

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. 

Comments

Has the NZHPT preference to retain (2009), been withdrawn?

Have the suggestions of decorative retention of parts of the building been dismissed?

The earthquake risk was never raised earlier.

Nameless

The Methodist Spokeswoman
The Developer

Does this mean they insisted ODT not identify them?

Have they thought of other options? Have the DCC had to give permission for demolition?No just do it quietly while nobody is looking. Are we surprised they don't wish to be named?

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