Hammers and shovels are about to start
swinging at the old Wallace E. Holland Center, which is about to become
the new base of operations in Pontiac for the Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division.
“It’s not just about a building but positive affects coming to the
people of Pontiac and northern Oakland County,” says Health Sells, a
captain with the Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division.
The non-profit will rehab and expand
the existing space as part of a $3 million project. Sells points out
this will not only be a base of operations for the charity but a
community center, too. The current Salvation Army building on 34
Oakland Ave. will be put up for sale.
The building on Martin
Luther King Jr. Blvd. was originally constructed in the mid-1980s. It
has been vacant for the last five years, a casualty of budget cuts at
the city of Pontiac, which is now in receivership. The city and the
Salvation Army have been working on the deal for the last few years.
Salvation Army plans to raze 3,300 of the building’s original 17,984
square feet. After that it plans another 10,248-square-foot addition to
house its Oakland County services.
Source: Health Sells, captain with the Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division
Writer: Jon Zemke