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Churches in Development

* Lord of Life Lutheran Church is building a place of worship at Union Mill and Twin Lakes roads in Clifton. Currently, some 80 of its members worship in Centreville High's auditorium, while another 550 worship in Lord of Life's church on Twinbrook Road in Fairfax. This second sanctuary will serve people in the Centreville/Clifton area.

The 37,000-square-foot project will include a two-story sanctuary of about 5,000 square feet. Designed by local architect Bill Robson, one story will be a below-ground basement for a youth center and educational classrooms.

The main, ground-level floor will contain a worship space seating 300, multipurpose fellowship hall, classroom space and administrative offices. The 12 classrooms will be used by all ages, and the fellowship hall could be used, for a variety of activities. Total cost of the entire project is more than $5 million.

* Capital Worship Center will eventually move from its current meeting place at Centre Ridge Elementary to a new building of its own. It's building a sanctuary, related facilities and a preschool on 11.7 acres at Ordway and Compton roads and Route 28 in Centreville.

The church will construct one building in two phases. Phase one is a multipurpose building to seat 500; it will contain a childcare center operating from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to avoid peak-traffic hours. Phase two is a 10,000-square-foot addition with 400 more seats for 900 seats total.

The entrance and exit will be on Ordway Road.

* New Life Christian Church plans to build a place of worship on 11.3 acres at Cedar Spring Road and Route 29 in Centreville. The site is just east of Route 29's intersection with Pleasant Valley Road. When completed, the new sanctuary will seat 700 people, and there'll be about 250 parking spaces. The church will be constructed at the front of the site, near Cedar Spring.

The project also includes a turn lane at the existing median crossover at Cedar Spring, plus right turns in and out of the site's easternmost entrance. All these transportation improvements are expected to make the intersection of Cedar Spring and Route 29 safer. Currently, some 300-400 New Life families attend two Sunday services at Westfield High.

* Centreville Presbyterian Church broke ground in April 2003 for a new church to be built along Route 29 in Centreville, just west of Pleasant Valley Road. The $5.1 million project entails construction of a 27,715-square-foot building on a 20-acre lot. There'll be a 400- to 450-seat sanctuary, 15 classrooms, nursery and childcare facilities, a library and a fellowship hall with a 300-seat capacity. The parking lot will hold 158 vehicles.

* Ox Hill Baptist Church is seeking a land rezoning so it may build a new sanctuary and expand its facilities. It's eyeing 5.7 acres on the east side of Elmwood Street, near Route 50, across from the Sully Plaza Shopping Center in Chantilly. Ox Hill also needs to obtain a special exception for the three activities that will be there — a church, nursery school/child care facility, and health and human services uses.

The four-phase project would span 15-20 years. Phase one would add more parking, install the necessary curb-and-gutter work and take care of stormwater management. Phase two entails construction of a multi-use facility (fellowship hall), plus a kitchen and educational space. Phase three is the building of a third wing with space for administrative offices, and the fourth phase is a new, 950-seat sanctuary.