Texas Pastor Builds a Neighborhood

Though he originally planned to build a prayer center on part of a 20 acre property he was pursuing, a Texas Pastor has expanded his plans into an all-out neighborhood with more than 450 homes.

Due to the downturn in the economy, Methodist Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell was able to buy up more land than he expected and has expanded his plans.

"Instead of buying 20 acres, Caldwell purchased 234 for $1.3 million and oversaw the development of more than 450 homes, a 200,000-square-foot community center, retail space, medical facilities, schools and a YMCA. A 124-unit senior housing project is under construction, and a new sanctuary and the prayer center are planned for 2010 and 2011.

His motivation for the project, he said, was biblical.

'The first thing God told Adam and Eve to do is economic development - till the soil and add value,' Caldwell said on a recent tour of his development, called Pointe 2.3.4."

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