Lifestyle

Million dollar addition to ‘City of Churches' reputation

Paula Nicholls (left) and Pauline Newton from Lifeworks Uniting Church, which is selling its buildings and site at the corner of West and Stephen Sts to fund a major project in Glenvale.
Paula Nicholls (left) and Pauline Newton from Lifeworks Uniting Church, which is selling its buildings and site at the corner of West and Stephen Sts to fund a major project in Glenvale. Kevin Farmer

LIFEWORKS Uniting Church's plans to build a multi-million dollar complex in Glenvale have cemented Toowoomba's growing reputation as the city of churches.

Church officials, who are currently selling their West and Stephens Sts site, hope to have stage one of the two-stage plan completed by July, 2014.

The first stage will be worth $1.7 million and will seat 268 people.

The second stage will feature a separate, dedicated place of worship and is estimated to be in the vicinity of $5 million.

This church will be developed on a block of land it owns at the corner of Hursley and Boundary Sts.

Paula Nicholls of Lifeworks said the plans were the culmination of 10 years work.

"But we have been working on this solidly for the last three years," Ms Nicholls said.

Fellow parishioner Pauline Newton said the church conducted community surveys to enable the best possible design.

She said initially the stage-one building would be used as an outside school hours childcare centre to cater for up to 45 children, as well as a place of worship.

"We are hoping to provide the community with a service," Ms Newton said.

"And create partnerships with schools in the neighbourhood."

The tender of the West and Stephen Sts site, complete with buildings, will enable the church to finance its plans.

The West St buildings are currently occupied by another church group, the Westside Christian Church.

Lifeworks Uniting Church worships out of another premises in Russell St which it moved to in 2001.

"It can be an emotional time when a church is sold, and to see it sell to something else other than a church group," Ms Newton said.

"When our Uniting Church congregation left these buildings we had a 'closing down' ceremony."

Lifeworks has about 200 members.

"In terms of sacred buildings, to me the church is about the people, not the building," Ms Nicholls added.

First National Commercial real estate agent Graham Newnham said a few interested parties had toured the site.

"It's been a mixed group; church groups and one developer," Mr Newnham said.

Tenders close tomorrow.

Topics:  church, development, religion, tooowoomba




Town with 'unique country flair' will be ruined: resident

Jonathan Emms of Rosewood is concerned about a proposed townhouse development for this John Street block of land.

Residents concerned by high density development proposal

'Hot spot' Ipswich at centre of welfare fraud crackdown

Labor's Alfredo Navarro says 30 contract terminations at Centrelink's Coffs Harbour call centre is not the jobs story the Coalition told pre-election.

Federal taskforce has Ipswich rorters in its sights

Ipswich shed rip off merchant caught out again

Home of Paul De Bruin, 16 Corndale Street, Loganholme. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times Image digitally altered.

Big fine for shonky businessman up to old tricks

Latest deals and offers

Rob Kardashian 'neglected' by Blac Chyna

Friends say they are now 'back in love'

Isla Fisher: I don't like talking about my private life

Isla Fisher shut down TV hosts when they asked about her husband

Mariah Carey: I 'can't believe' Prince has gone

'Prince was one of the best people I've met'

Joe Jonas' 'tough' pals

Joe Jonas' pals are 'tough' with his potential partners

The Bachelor wash up: bacon, plank offs and that white rose

Richie Strahan, second from left, with bachelorettes Eliza, Faith, Noni and Janey in a scene from episode one of the fourth season of The Bachelor.

RICHIE Strahan meets some beautiful, and colourful, bachelorettes.

Town with 'unique country flair' will be ruined: resident

Jonathan Emms of Rosewood is concerned about a proposed townhouse development for this John Street block of land.

Residents concerned by high density development proposal

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd