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Seminary Expands Even Fuller

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LAist has just learned that Pasadena's Fuller Theological Seminary, which is among the world's largest seminaries, has embarked on a 10-year, $79 million expansion project.

The scarcity of affordable housing in Pasadena prompted the expansion effort, officials said. The campus has a 200-plus waiting list for the current 350 units of student housing in Pasadena.

"The seminary's master plan calls for building 700 units of affordable housing on campus; a worship center with a 500-seat auditorium; a prayer garden and a doubling of library space to 89,000 square feet, said H. Lee Merritt, vice president for finance."

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But what about the unsold portion of the Ambassador College campus on Orange Grove? Worldwide Church of God recently sold a portion of the campus, including the world-renowned Auditorium, to a consortium of religious instutions in May.

LAist sympathizes with the institution's need for more space, but wishes Fuller had opted to refurbish the remaining portion of Ambassador's campus and shuttle students between locations. Surely that's better than clogging the Los Robles/Union corridor with yet more construction.

It seems like just as one development project finishes, another one starts up again.