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Mission Valley religious resort approved by City Council

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The first step in making San Diego a religious tourism destination is in place this week. The San Diego City Council approved the $131 million Legacy International Project.

This theme park of sorts was proposed by televangelist Morris Cerullo to the City Council last month, but nothing could move forward until some concerns were addressed by the development team.

Namely congested traffic in an already busy area of Mission Valley.

At Tuesday’s meeting, there was some opposition from the LGBT community. But, according to Fox 5, Councilman Scott Sherman asked the council members to only address the traffic issues

 "What's important here is whether or not (the project) meets the guidelines the city sets forth," said Sherman, who represents Mission Valley. "I believe this does, and it answers every question that we've addressed for traffic mitigation has been taken care of."

The Legacy International Project will replace the Mission Valley Resort on 18-acres. It will contain five buildings including a new hotel and a replica of Jerusalem's Wailing Wall.

Cerullo will add one lane in each direction at Hotel Circle South. They will maintain a tally of vehicles that enter the resort’s driveway for three years.

The council approved the project’s environmental impact report and development permit and amendments to zoning plans.

Morris Cerullo’s wife Teresa said after the vote, "It's a wonderful, wonderful vote to cause us to rejoice that San Diego finally can greet people with their desires that make San Diego a better city.”