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Site approval had been delayed by legal matters and the need foran exemption from the Highlands Act, a state law restrictingdevelopment in the region. Christ Church has already establishedits administrative headquarters at the site while retaining its800-seat sanctuary in Montclair. The eventual build-out willincorporate portions of the existing Agilent office complex at 140Green Pond Rd., with new construction.

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Groundbreaking for the permanent facility is expected to happenby the end of the year, according to Rev. David Ireland, who headsthe institution. The approved site plan calls for a 265,000-sfcomplex, scaled back from an original proposal of 400,000 sf. Itwould include a 2,500-seat sanctuary, an elementary school for 300students, 22,000 sf of administrative offices and a 12,000-sf gymand fitness center. Outdoor recreational facilities would includebaseball fields, basketball courts and tennis courts. The sitewould also have parking for 1,000 vehicles.

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