Christ Fellowship’s grand opening of campus to the north is Sunday

Palm Beach Gardens-based Christ Fellowship is finalized its purchase of the former Digital Domain Studios in Port St. Lucie. Courtesy photo

Palm Beach Gardens-based Christ Fellowship is finalized its purchase of the former Digital Domain Studios in Port St. Lucie. Courtesy photo

It’s been almost a year since Christ Fellowship closed the deal on a $13 million cash purchase of the former Digital Domain studio in Port St. Lucie. Now it’s time to settle in.

The Palm Beach Gardens-based megachurch will have a ribbon-cutting and two services at the 10250 SW Village Parkway campus this Sunday. Services will be 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting with church and city officials at 10:30 a.m.

Christ Fellowship made an offer to buy the former Digital Domain, since called Tradition Studios, in writing April 21. The church had a cashier’s check for the full purchase price. Plans called for spending $6 to $8 million on renovations.

Port St. Lucie is still responsible for the $35 million it borrowed to build Digital Domain a state-of-the-art studio, but thanks to a settlement approved by a federal judge in May, it will recoup $3.2 million it spent on subsidies for the company.

Creditors, including the state of Florida and the city of Port St. Lucie, will receive $38 million from insurance companies that underwrote Digital Domain’s directors and officers. Digital Domain filed for bankruptcy liquidation in 2012.

The 115,000-square-foot facility is also expected to serve as a hurricane shelter.

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