Story and photos by Doug Petrowski
The buildings that make up the former Melody Hill Elementary School in Mountlake Terrace will be razed later this year, according to an Edmonds School District spokeperson.
“No dates have been finalized, but demolition will occur in the fall,” Amanda Ralston, the district’s Web Content and Community Relations Specialist, said on Thursday.
District officials have been planning on closing down and razing the Melody Hill buildings, located at 6205-222nd Street Southwest, for years; no district classes have been conducted at the site since the1990s. The four current tenants of the building — two day care centers, a preschool and a church — were notified last year that their leases would not be renewed after Aug. 31, 2013.
King’s Temple Daycare has been operating in the Melody Hill neighborhood for 37 years, but will be moving out of the facility, and out of the city, this summer. “We wish we were staying in Mountlake Terrace,” said Director Kath Bellin. “We’re really sad we’re moving out, but it is what it is.”
Bellin has no hard feelings toward the school district for their decision to demolish the buildings at the Melody Hill site. “The district has been really good to us,” she stressed.
The other day care center operating out of the former school, Cornerstone Early Learning Center, has been there 22 years, but will also be relocating outside of Mountlake Terrace come fall. “We’ve known for a couple years that this place was on the chopping block,” said Director Samantha Sciacca.
A new home won’t be the only change for Cornerstone; with the move this fall Sciacca and her husband will be purchasing the business and changing its name to Mini-Einsteins’ Learning Center. Sciacca hasn’t decided on a final site for the center as of yet, but has narrowed it down to three locations; the former Woodway Elementary School in Edmonds, and two sites on 196th Street Southwest in Lynnwood.
Mountlake Terrace Co-op Preschool has settled on its new location. The preschool will be moving to space in the old Woodway Elementary prior to the start of the 2013-2014 school year.
The Edmonds School District hasn’t announced any plans for the 5.9-acre site beyond demolition of the current buildings. The property has been mentioned by Sound Transit as a site for a possible station for the Lynnwood light rail link scheduled to open in 2023. City of Mountlake Terrace officials have had their eyes on the property for possible commercial development for years.