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Diocese of Orange ups offer for Crystal Cathedral: $57.5 million

November 14, 2011 | 11:28 am

The Diocese of Orange increased its offer for the  Crystal Cathedral, raising it  to $57.5 million
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange again increased its offer for the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral, raising it over the weekend to $57.5 million, $2.1 million more than it had previously bid for the Garden Grove property.

Alan Martin, the attorney for the diocese, said the offer was increased a second time in recent days because of feasibility studies conducted in connection with two sale plans on the table.

One major factor is the amount of some insider claims -- which could total more than $6.5 million -- that include debts to founder Robert H. Schuller, his wife, Arvella; daughter Carol Milner and Timothy Milner, Carol's husband.

"Everything else is the same," Martin said of the diocese's offer.

Another bidder, Chapman University, increased its offer two weeks ago to $51.5 million, and that has not changed.

Attorneys spent Monday morning in bankruptcy court in Santa Ana detailing a monetary breakdown of the two proposals.


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Photo: The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times