Demolition of old Salvation Army building begins in Chico

Demolition of the old Salvation Army building in Chico began Monday morning to make room for a new community center.

The building has been home to the Chico Salvation Army since 1969.

The project calls for an 18,700 square foot building, allowing for the development of new programs, along with improved food services, expanded youth and senior programs and greater community outreach.

There will also be a gym with a regulation size basketball court, a multipurpose room and 11 rooms for youth programs.

The project is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2019.

Chico Salvation Army will temporarily move its Family Services and Education Office to 1280 East 9th Street. It will serve low-income residents and the working poor who are seeking food, rental and utility assistance, along with other social service programs.

Church services will be held at Chapman Elementary at 1071 16th Street.

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