Scene in Mountlake Terrace: Demolition begins on old Calvary Tabernacle

Demolition of the old Calvary Tabernacle Church, located at 5507 236th St. S.W., began on Thursday.

The building was purchased in January 2016 by the developer who created the mixed-use building across the street.

Construction of a new building is not expected to begin until July, but according to a representative with the developer, the building is being demolished now so squatters don’t move in.

–Photos and video (below) by David Carlos

  1. Without doubt, Steve Stone’s position as project manager is of questionable value especially as it applies to the latest AFCO endeavor of a second investment property directly North of its current property, Arbor Village.

    Poorly managed from the onset, Arbor Village has lost much of its appeal as it approaches the four year mark of its opening.

    Beset by a constant turnover in management, a failure to deliver upon agreed to promises and a consistent harassment of clients who choose to observe the precepts of their lease agreements yet disagree with arbitrary demands by the management (Steve Stone), tenants have become disallushioned with the facility and its management.

    Mr. Stone has shown a marked disregard for the privacy of the tenants, practices micromanagement, is unresponsive to the needs of tenants and chooses to ignore or otherwise marginalize the mandate to populate the retail property at street level of the facility.

    It seems unlikely this latest endeavor will be of a different flavor than the original. “Long on promise but short on delivery” seems to be the mantra for both Mr. Stone and AFCO. I’m hopeful the city of MLT brings to bear the necessary scrutiny on this latest project to force the delivery of the unfulfilled promises that are certainly being made as this is written.

    Sam Durham

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