THE old church building in the heart of Maroochydore is about to have new life breathed into it.
It's going from a hairdressing salon to the home of Coast Life Midwifery.
And its owner, Frank Nucifora, thinks the change will suit the historic old building.
"I think it will do well. It is a novel approach to that industry,” he said.
Mr Nucifora has owned the building for the past 20 years.
But it has been a long time since it was used for holding sermons, blessing babies and hosting weddings and funerals.
"It hasn't been used as a church since the 1960s,” Mr Nucifora said.
"It's been a restaurant, a shop, a wedding garment place, a training centre.
"It has had quite a lot of uses.”
It is understood its previous tenant, Universal Hair Salon, ran into financial difficulties.
Owner Sam Penny declined to comment.
One of Coast Life Midwifery's owners, Alison Broderick, was excited about the future of the venue.
They are moving their midwifery and pregnancy help service from Nambour into the new site.
"We needed a bigger home,” Ms Broderick said.
"With the new hospital opening further down the Coast, this was more central.
"And it is a wonderful place, it has a lot of character.”
They are planning to officially open in January.
"It is a focal point of Maroochydore. Everyone knows where it is.
"And it is a lovely setting for women to have their pregnancy care.”
Coast Life Midwifery does home births, but wasn't planning on any church births.
"We have antenatal classes, yoga birth preparation and mums and bubs groups,” Ms Broderick said.
"We chose the church as it is a very special place to help people.
"We hope to honour its history.”
Architect Roger Todd, who specialises in heritage-listed buildings, said the property at 22 Beach Rd had been a Spanish mission-style Methodist Church in the "inter-war years”.
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