Update on Citadel project for Jacksonville Salvation Army

By Gary Scott on December 15, 2014 at 1:14pm

Captain Charles Pinkston, on WLDS’ “AM Conversation” this morning with Gary Scott, filled in the details.

“They’re coming today out to mark the sites for the samples for the foundation, to see what kind of foundation is needed,” says Pinkston.

“We have preliminary drawings of inside of the building and we are meeting with our advisory board and church members on Wednesday at 10:30 to look at those. We are almost to the point of going to the approval process through our headquarters at both in St. Louis and Chicago to get this moving. Realistically, when they get the final drawings and go through the city to get approvals, we are still looking at end of summer or beginning of fall for ground breaking, tentatively.”

The Citadel will be built across the street from the current facility at 331 West Douglas. The original plans for a $4 million facility were scrapped after the success of the new South Main thrift store. It’s expected the new building will cost about half that.

Also this morning, Pinkston announced that the overall holiday fundraising goal of $175-thousand isn’t close to being met. Only about $75-thousand has so far been raised, with the goal being $175-thousand. That includes the mail appeal, Red Kettle and office donations.

Specifically, the Red Kettle campaign has raised about $42-thousand, which Pinkston says is two-thirds of the goal.