Former Without Walls Central Property: Church Sanctuary to Be Torn Down

February 16, 2015 | Lake Gibson Village

By Gary White – The Ledger

Polk County’s largest church sanctuary has an appointment with the wrecking ball.

A pair of investors from Daytona Beach have purchased the former Without Walls Central property in North Lakeland, and they plan to demolish the massive sanctuary and convert a second building into an assisted-living facility.

Financial partners Doug Cook and George Anderson completed the purchase Friday, paying about $3.75 million for a 66-acre property bordering Lake Gibson.

The buyers will need a modification to the property’s current zoning before proceeding with their plans. That could come as early as June, Lakeland Chief of Zoning Teresa Maio said. Cook said the renovation of the former retirement home for union carpenters, a 115,000­-square­-foot, Mediterranean­-style structure built in the 1920s, could take 12 to 14 months.

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