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Developer Looking to Sell Chestnut Ridge Property

Timonium-based Cignal Corp two weeks ago showed the property to Empowerment Temple Church.

The new owners of the Chestnut Ridge Country Club have been courting the interest of at least one prospective buyer for the 240-acre property—Empowerment Temple Church.

Cignal Corp, the Timonium-based developer that acquired the property after it fell into bankruptcy, invited Pastor Jamal-Harrison Bryant and members of the church’s congregation to the property as recently as two weeks ago, according to church spokeswoman Nicole Kirby.

Kirby however said that the church and its members have not reached a consensus on relocating.

“There is a checks and balances system,” she explained.

Bryant, while touring the property weeks ago, posted a video to SocialCam (above), in which he expresses clear excitement over the possibility of breaking ground on “new territory.”

“We’re on the property of what God has given us: 240 acres, 16 tennis courts, two basketball courts, a swimming pool. ... I’m excited about our future. I wish you were here. When we break ground you all have to get to Baltimore,” he says in the video.

“Some years ago, at this same country club, my dad used to be a bus boy here,” he continues. “Now some years later for his son to be able to own it, only God could do something this great. Believe in God because miracles happen. ... The best it yet to happen.”

The church is composed of between 4,000 and 5,000 members, according to Kirby.

Kirby down played the pastor’s excitement indicating that neither the church’s board, its trustees, nor its congregation have begun the process of voting.

“There are still questions that Cignal Corp needs to answer,” Kirby said.
Cignal Corp president Armando Cignarale acquired the property after it closed amid financial difficulties and a spate of civil suits against its former members.

Falls Road Community Association members meanwhile have been monitoring the property closely. They applauded Councilwoman Vicki Almond for successfully downzoning the property during the 2012 Comprehensive Zoning Map Process to limit the amount of homes that could be built on the once lush golf course.

Stay with Patch as we continue to update this story.


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Jack Reacher November 07, 2012 at 10:48 PM
This is a wonderful property and I'm sure the Congregation will prosper there in the coming years. It is gratifying that no new homes will be built on the property that would foul the local streams or cause an increase in neighborhood traffic. Hopefully the Congregation will grow and regular attendance at services and other church functions will be high. I'm sure the residents of the nearby communities who are members of the Falls Road association will be glad of no development.
pat smith November 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM
This church has over 6,000 members! Can you imagine the traffic on Sundays? This is going to be awful for the area!
Ravnet November 08, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Jack, There is nothing exciting about a 6000 member megachurch operating its campus 7 days a week in the midst of a quiet rural conservation zoned property. Just as the community fought Grace Fellowship Church (2000 memberS)moving just up the road to Padonia Swim Club, the entire community will stand in united opposition to a megachurch of 6000+. It would be a travesty for the community.
Kay Neal November 12, 2012 at 02:00 AM
In spite if those in opposition, all things are possible, and securing the property would enhance the outreach ministries displaying true representation of diciples spreading the Gospel that Empowerment Temple has to offer to it's surrounding community and abroad.
Andrew November 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I guess the community gets what it deserved. They fought an upscale community and now they get this! Oh well, "there goes the neighborhood"


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