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.

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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