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Council Purchases Welcome Bay Church

Tauranga City Council recently purchased the Welcome Bay Baptist Church building for $190,000. 

The purchase of the building is part of the integrated plan under the Our Community Places Strategy for the future of the buildings, including the church building, located on the Waitaha Reserve. 

Ownership of the church building will transfer to Council on 14 February 2013. It will become the new base for the Welcome Bay Community Centre as well as being available for other community groups to hire for a variety of activities. 

Until the transfer of ownership the Welcome Bay Baptist Church will continue to use and run the facility. 

Welcome Bay Baptist Church currently leases the land it occupies from Council. The lease has been extended to 14 February 2013. 

Mayor Stuart Crosby says that the Council is delighted to come to an agreement with the Welcome Bay Baptist Church on the purchase of their building. "The agreement will allow enhanced community services to be delivered from the site by local for locals," he said. 

Jeremy Denmead, Welcome Bay Baptist Church Team Leader, said that Welcome Bay Baptist Church is pleased to have finalised the discussions with the Council. "The Church will continue to serve the people of Welcome Bay from alternate premises and we look forward to working with the Community Centre to build a great suburb.” 

The purchase of the building was approved by Council at its meeting on 25 January 2012.

Published: Monday, 16 Apr 2012 09:00 by Tauranga City Council