A CHURCH in Dandenong which operated for 25 years as a shelter for homeless people and those in need could soon be in the hands of developers.Believed to be built in 1957, the former Church of Christ building at 11-21 Walker St is already surrounded by towering city buildings on its 1234sq m corner block.It has been the site of not-for-profit Christian drop-in centre, Cornerstone Contact Centre, since 1992.

But Cameron listing agent, David Johnson, said while the building had attracted other church groups, the lack of land in Dandenong had also resulted in plenty of interest from developers.

“We’ve had 2500 views of the property in just two weeks and we’ve already sent out contracts,” he said.

“It’s hard to get any land around here and Dandenong is the industrial capital of Australia.

“This is the first church I can recall selling in the area in 14 years. Sites like this are pretty rare.”

11-21 Walker Street, Dandenong. Cornerstone Contac

The former Church of Christ building is surrounded by tall buildings on a corner block.

With the older building also on a corner block and in a comprehensive development zone 2,

Mr Johnson said this rarity should result in a competitive auction.

“Developers will mostly like it for its land value,” he said.

“As for renovations, they should be more cosmetic — it just needs a bit of TLC.”

Mr Johnson said the old Australian Taxation Office building was right behind the church, while an art gallery was beside it.

“It’s in a really good spot,” he said.

Cornerstone Contact Centre has been contacted for comment, but weren’t available at time of publication.

The church will go to Auction at noon on Wednesday, April 18, with a price guide of $2 million-$2.2 million.


Written by: Charlotte Durut

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