DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A $46 million development named the Hope Center will transform nine acres of North Texas prairie into a new home for multiple Christian ministries. Fourteen organizations including Hope For The Heart, Marketplace Ministries USA and e3 Partners will move into the Plano campus and begin working together to expand their respective ministries. A groundbreaking will be held for invited guests on June 30, 2008, and the campus is scheduled to open in the fall of 2009.
“The new Hope Center campus is designed to foster a relationship between independent Christian ministries so they can work together to share the love of Christ and better meet the needs of people,” said June Hunt, who is a chair of the Hope Center Foundation board. “Having multiple ministries under one roof will develop better synergy, greater stewardship and wider global outreach among these biblically based ministries.”
The Hope Center will be located on the northeast corner of Plano Parkway and Custer Road in Plano, just one block north of The President George Bush Turnpike. Designed by Good, Fulton & Farrell, the inviting campus will have a lodge style building nestled inside a prayer garden, walking paths and acres of lush landscaping. From materials to the layout, the campus is designed to minimize the environmental impact and blend with the area’s natural beauty.
From inception, the Hope Center committed itself to be an asset to the local community – to be a “good neighbor.” By working closely with the city of Plano, the design team met all zoning requirements and did not request any variances.
“We’ve been impressed with the positive attitude of the Hope Center leadership and their willingness to conform to the City’s codes,” said Robert Miller, president of the Dallas North Estates Home Owners’ Association. “They discussed their project with our board to avoid any issues and demonstrate how the neighborhood will benefit from the amenities that will be part of the campus.”
The 200,000 square foot retreat lodge and campus will include an atrium, Bible museum, cafe bookstore, broadcast studios, call center, short run print shop and postal center for the tenants. In addition, the conference rooms, integrated telephone system, fulfillment center and offices will be designed to minimize costs as well as maximize cooperation.
“The closest model for this campus is perhaps the Meadows Center in Dallas,” added Miss Hunt. “In fact, Curtis Meadows was very helpful in the early planning for the Hope Center. There are also a couple of smaller models in the Christian community, such as the Jericho Center in Colorado Springs. But to our knowledge, there is not a multi-tenant, non-profit center like this anywhere in the nation. We hope it will become a new model for other ministries to tailor to their needs.”
Hunt initially envisioned the Hope Center in 1992 but was focused on the mission of Hope for The Heart at the time. She formed a 501c3 non-profit organization named the Hope Center Foundation for the express purpose of owning and operating the Hope Center. The group began the search for either an existing property or a location upon which to build in late 2005. After an exhaustive search, they settled on the Plano location and began the process of land acquisition in mid-2007. The Hope Center Foundation closed on the property in January of 2008.
“We are already receiving donations for the construction of the campus and will continue with a capital campaign through 2010,” noted Miss Hunt. “We have designed a beautiful campus that will be an asset to the community, but it won’t be opulent, lavish or extravagant. The Hope Center Foundation will be a good example of stewardship in every aspect of our operation, including the expenditure of funds to build the campus.”
About Hope Center Foundation
The Hope Center Foundation was established to own and operate the nine acre Hope Center multi-tenant campus in Plano, Texas. Home to 14 ministries, the Hope Center fosters and promotes synergy, financial stewardship and global expansion among evangelical Christian ministries. For more information, visit www.hopecenter.org or contact Scott Black at (214) 520-3430.