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Idlewild Baptist puts its property up for sale

Idlewild Baptist Church, a large church that's moving to a new location, has hired a commercial real estate broker to sell its old location.

Sperry Van Ness is actively marketing the church and school at 1515 Bearss Ave.

"This is one of Florida's finest properties for a growing church, but it is also unique and has the potential for many other uses," an announcement by the Irvine, Calif., company said. "It could be used as a satellite school, government building, corporate retreat, or even a theater."

Idlewild is building a new 400,000-square-foot worship center on Van Dyke Road in Lutz, which it plans to open in 2005.

Price tag on the Lake Magdalene property: $12.5-million.