Christ’s Church of the Valley to build in Maricopa

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Christ's Church of the Valley is exploring a location at Porter and Honeycutt roads for a Maricopa location. This photo shows one of the church's early locations in the Valley. [Christ's Church of the Valley]

A new church could soon be coming to Maricopa.

Christ’s Church of the Valley, which was founded in 1982 and has 13 locations Valley-wide from Verrado to Queen Creek, has submitted preliminary documents to the city in preparation for building a campus in Maricopa.

The campus would have a church building, parking lots and athletic fields on 10.3 acres near the southeastern corner of East Honeycutt and North Porter roads.

Preliminary documents submitted to the city describe the campus:

“This site will include an auditorium to seat approximately 680 occupants in worship, children/youth spaces, support offices, kitchen/coffee café, outdoor grill/covered seating, grass play yards, sport court, fenced sport fields and generous parking to support the various events,” the documents read. “CCV also offers a special needs program on each campus during normal service hours. CCV provides more parking spaces than is required by zoning to accommodate the parking demands caused by multiple services held at 30-minute intervals. Parking attendants utilize bollards and direct traffic within the site to avoid backups. Campus security is provided during service times along with uniformed officers as needed.”

The application states that church offices will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Services are Sunday mornings. As the church grows, Saturday evening services may be necessary to accommodate new members. High school age students meet on Sunday evenings, and baptisms are monthly at an outdoor baptistry during normal service hours.

The parcel is zoned CB-2 for business and is surrounded by similar zoning on all sides that are eligible for development.