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ORLANDO-It was a compromise, but Campus Crusade for Christ, neighborhood activist groups and Orange County believe they finally have a win-win-win scenario in a planned commercial venture that will bring 500 hotel rooms, 200,000 sf of office, 100,000 sf of retail and 2,600 homes to metro Orlando’s next big development corridor near Orlando International Airport.

The estimated build-out value of the five-year project is $1 billion. The first commercial project, expected to break ground in early 2001, is an estimated 150,000-sf headquarters building for Wycliffe Bible Translators International, also a global religious organization relocating from Huntington Beach, CA. The Wycliffe structure will be built next to the one-year-old, 200,000-sf Campus Crusade headquarters complex.

In return for receiving the county’s blessing, Campus Crusade, formerly of Newport, CA, canceled a time-share development project; agreed to reduce its hotel project to individual smaller-sized lodges instead of a single, 500-room resort; agreed to build some homes on one-acre lots to complement nearby homes on Lake Mary-Jane; offered to build and pay for a school and then resell it to the school district; agreed to donate five acres for a park; build pedestrian and bike trails; and allocate land for a fire station.

While the ministry’s concessions didn’t appease all nearby property owners, residents generally concede they can’t totally block near-future commercial growth along Moss Park Road in the airport’s general direction. The Campus Crusade project largely focuses on training and recruitment space for the thousands of volunteers the ministry dispatches worldwide.

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