After more than four years of planning, the building that housed the North New Zealand Conference (NNZC) will be demolished at the end of this month.
The land will be used for the construction of 36 new retirement apartments for Adventist-owned Bethesda Retirement Village. Building is anticipated to begin in February 2017 and be completed in the first quarter of 2018.
"After more than four years of research and planning it’s now a significant milestone to have the project formally approved . . ."
“This is a significant development for Bethesda in providing quality retirement living for church and community members,” said NNZC general secretary Pastor Ben Timothy.
“After more than four years of research and planning it’s now a significant milestone to have the project formally approved and I am delighted that we will be able to provide retirement living options to our community that are in growing demand but that we do not currently provide,” said Jon Marshall, CEO of Bethesda Retirement Village. “It will be sad to see the NNZC conference office demolished in the coming months however we are all looking forward to watching on as the apartments take shape and new residents move in during the first half of 2018.”
Pastor Timothy said there were several reasons behind the decision, including the necessity for Bethesda to expand so that it could meet the growing demand of the baby boomer retirement population. He also noted that the office building was being under-utilised.
The New Zealand Pacific Union Conference, which originally shared the building with NNZC, has since found new premises. Reconfiguration of Conference ministry leadership to regional leadership has also led to fewer staff members in the building, leaving a number of unused office spaces.
With only a short amount of time before the scheduled demolition, Conference office administration plans to relocate to temporary accommodation until a new building can be purchased or built.
“We give thanks to our God for His leading and guidance in the administration of His Church in North New Zealand and recognise the opportunity to make the best use of what He has provided,” Pastor Timothy said.