SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — A fast-growing Portland church has reached a purchase and-sale agreement to move into two vacant properties in a shopping plaza near the Maine Mall.

The Portland Press Herald reports Eastpoint Christian Church plans to turn a former Bob’s Discount Furniture and HomeGoods building into a 92,000-square-foot worship center that would be open seven days a week.

The church expects to spend $7 million to purchase the space and nearly six acres of land. Even more funding will be needed to transform the former bigbox stores into what’s been called a “community center with a church inside.”

The development includes a 1,500-seat auditorium, indoor basketball and soccer facilities and a 40-seat cafe.

The non-denominational, Bible-based church outgrew three prior locations and has a following that’s tripled over the last five years.



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