GARDEN GROVE (AP) — Chapman University has offered to buy property belonging to Crystal Cathedral Ministries, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late last year.

The university said Tuesday that the $46 million offer would provide growth opportunities for the Southern California university. University spokeswoman Mary Platt says the space might be used for additional classrooms.

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The offer was approved by Chapman’s board of trustees in June.

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Under the plan, the Crystal Cathedral Ministries could lease back the cathedral and other properties for services. The deal also includes a purchase provision the church could exercise within the first four years of the lease.

The church developed by “Hour of Power” televangelist Robert Schuller filed a plan in May to pull the Crystal Cathedral out of crushing debt by selling off properties.

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