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Southland Christian moves forward with plans for Lexington Mall

Southland Christian Church is ready to proceed with plans to buy the property formerly occupied by Lexington Mall on Richmond Road.

The church sent a letter to the sellers indicating their intentions to move forward with the buy. The next step - approval of the amended development plan set to go before the commission on September 9.

That plans includes details on how the property would be redeveloped. Specificaly, keeping the Dillards portion of the building for classrooms and administration offices and demolishing the rest. A new 2,800 seat worship center would be rebuilt in its place.

The church is still actively seeking input from the communtiy as to how the facility could best serve the Lexington area.

Ideally, church administrators say they would like to close on the property October 1st and have construction complete by early to mid 2012.

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