Further to our announcement of 1 February 2023, this is an update of our plans around the sale of the properties.
For some years, our theological and pastoral leadership training college, Carey Baptist College, has been exploring how it might invest or develop its campus at 473/475 Great South Road, Penrose (Auckland). The primary objective is to generate significant new income streams to support the ongoing work of Carey in training leaders for our faith communities. It has become apparent, over time, that the best course of action is to sell the current campus and move to another site.
The current property is jointly owned by Carey and the Baptist Union of New Zealand. The Baptist National Support Centre, Arotahi and the Northern Baptist Association are co-located with Carey on the site. We believe it is in the best interests of all these groups to remain co-located on the same site, enabling stronger relationship, clearer communication, and better stewardship of our collective resources.
The process of marketing the existing site and searching for a new location was due to begin in February 2023. This was paused while we investigated opportunities for a plan change on the site. Having completed this, we are now planning on putting the property on the market in early August 2023 and recommencing our search for our next home.
It is likely that when we sell, we will take a two-year lease back from the new owners to give opportunity to identify a new site and complete any fit-out that might be required.
For further information see our first news story about this back in February2023 or contact Chris Berry or Wayne Schache who sit on the Property Working Group.
A project of this size will require financial support from within the Baptist family of churches. If you would like to explore how you might contribute, or if you have any questions about this project, please email: [email protected] or phone +64 9 525 4017.