Episcopal diocese confirms sale of controversial Newport Beach church property – Orange County Register

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles is on the verge of selling the property formerly occupied by the St. James the Great congregation in Newport Beach to a local developer, with escrow expected to close July 3.

An attorney for the diocese told members of a hearing panel, which is still deliberating over misconduct charges related to the  property leveled against Bishop J. Jon Bruno, that the bishop entered into a sale agreement in April with Newport Beach-based Burnham-Ward Properties LLC.

Neither the diocese nor the developer responded to requests for comment Friday, June 23.

According to the developer’s website, Burnham-Ward has been involved in a number of local projects including Westcliff Plaza in Newport Beach, City Town Center and Batavia Business Park in Orange, and OC Mix in Costa Mesa.

On June 17, the hearing panel issued an emergency order prohibiting Bruno from selling the property and ordered him to provide details of any such planned sale.

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