Salvation Army lists former church, youth drop in centre in Healesville

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The former Salvationist Church at 114 Maroondah Highway, Healesville is for sale.

The Salvation Army is marching on from its former Healesville church.

The hall at 114 Maroondah Highway was a Salvationist Church until 2014, and run as The Lounge youth drop in centre until more recently.

Salvation Army spokesman Steve Speziale said with “just a handful of teens” meeting at the venue they had made the decision to close and sell it, with expectations of a $500,000-$530,000 sale.

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“As communities change, The Salvation Army needs to change too,” Mr Speziale said.

“The closure of the Healesville Church five years ago meant the need for the property would eventually come under review.

“We are seeing the end of that process.”

The property was run as a youth drop in centre dubbed The Lounge until recently.

The group would continue to be an “active contributor” to emergency relief in the area, and its store on Maroondah Highway will continue.

Proceeds from the sale will be used by the Salvos’ Victorian Division “where it’s needed most”.

Barry Plant Healesville director Jenny Webb said she expected frontage to Harker St as well as the highway, and high ceilings would attract the next owner.

An established kitchen and bathrooms could help the next owner move in sooner.

Community organisations, those looking for a renovation opportunity and potentially people from outside the area are among those expected to consider the property.

Its zoning indicates it could be used as a medical centre, a bed and breakfast, a home or even resurrected as a place of worship, pending council approval.

“The kitchen, bathrooms, and additional indoor areas already part of the building may

also make it easier for those seeking to use the premises reasonably soon,” Ms Webb said.

“These types of properties are not often available for sale in the Yarra Valley.”

The property has street frontage on the Maroondah Highway and along Harker St.

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The property is on a 533sq m block walking distance from Healesville’s main shopping strip.

The nearest Salvationist Church is in Mooroolbark.

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