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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Church to Become Condos?

posted by on April 17 at 12:51 PM


13th and Olive

The Medhane Alem Evangelical Ethiopian Church, just a few blocks away from Cal Anderson Park, has been sold.


The sign in front of the church advertises the space as a great location to build condos and townhomes, and that’s just what might be coming to the neighborhood.

It’s unclear who purchased the 19,000 square foot property, which is valued at about $1.25 million by the King County Assessor’s Office. The real estate agent handling the sale would not divulge who purchased the property, but he did say papers were just signed yesterday.

According to Ed Park—who ran a counseling service out of Medhane Alem before the the the church relocated to a new space near Rainier Beach—the congregation had outgrown the space and the property was put up for sale. “I know they preferred for a church to buy from them,” Park says. “But [condos were] kind of their fall back if there wasn’t a church that would step up.”

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Replacing a church - finally a condo project the Slog can get behind, no matter how "unaffordable" the condos are.

Posted by JMR | April 17, 2008 1:03 PM

@1 - How long have you been a member of the Evangelical Ethiopian Church?

Posted by Ryan on Summit | April 17, 2008 1:08 PM

I lived next to that church for 3 years. It's located in a quiet, residential portion of Capitol Hill. (They were great neighbors.) Condos would fit right in. The neighborhood is a mix of buildings and homes. With three churches on that block, parking was easy. I guess all good things come to an end, though and I think that's the right thing to put there.

I just hope they make it sort of brick-looking to match the building next door.

Posted by me | April 17, 2008 1:39 PM

Mars Hill bought it.

Posted by fnord | April 17, 2008 1:39 PM

Can't we figure out something better to do with these churches - like putting supercomputers in them.

Posted by JMR | April 17, 2008 1:42 PM

Sounds great! Move god out, and I'll move right in!

Posted by Ryan | April 17, 2008 1:47 PM

dammit; I wanted to buy this and turn it into Slog World Headquarters...

Posted by michael strangeways | April 17, 2008 2:02 PM

I was hoping that somehow Velocity and some other arts groups would buy it. Ugh.

Posted by genevieve | April 17, 2008 2:44 PM

I live in a condo inside a hundred-year-old church. Churches-into-condos seems to be a trend these days...I wonder why that is.

Posted by Wolf | April 17, 2008 2:57 PM

I just wished The Stranger paid their employees enough to get cameras that don't suck ass.

Posted by Fnarf | April 17, 2008 3:19 PM

1,250,000 / 19,000 = $66 a square feet.

By golly, we should turn it into some condos and sell 'em at $550 a square foot!

Posted by Anon | April 17, 2008 4:18 PM

That's about my payment.

Posted by Wolf | April 17, 2008 4:41 PM

Just what Rainier Beach needs, another church. All the commercial space there is slowly becoming some sort of fly-by-night money taker. But for all the piety, the neighborhood just gets shittier and shittier.

Posted by give Rainier Beach to Skyway | April 17, 2008 7:55 PM

I was actually hoping to from a co-op and buy that place. Alas, I have no money, nor the right connections...

Posted by keith | April 17, 2008 9:50 PM

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