Two MLT church properties for sale

Calvary Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church
Calvary Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church
Alderwood branch of the City Church
Alderwood branch of the City Church

Story and photos by Doug Petrowski

Two Mountlake Terrace church properties, one on a significant plot in the city’s Town Center District, are up for sale.

Calvary Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, 5507-236th St. S.W., is being listed at an asking price of $2.5 million, a figure that Pastor Gary Blaylock says the church needs to approve a sale. Since the church property is located on the corner of 56th Avenue West and 236th Street Southwest, directly across the street from the new Arbor Village project being completed this summer, the site is getting some attention from potential developers.

“We are running this out there and seeing what offers come in,” Blaylock said.

The church bought the lot and its rundown building in 1993, then remodeled the facility to its current state in 2000. Since then, the church as grown to 150 regular attendees in addition to hosting services for two different ethnic congregations. The 7,890-square- foot building probably can’t handle any more growth, Blaylock said.

The church has options on purchasing a couple of adjacent properties, so remodeling the facility to fit its expanding needs remains a possibility, Blaylock said. But getting full price on the one-acre site and existing buildings from a potential buyer is the church’s first hope.

One option that Calvary Tabernacle United Pentecostal has only briefly contemplated at this point is a purchase of the other church property currently available in Mountlake Terrace right now. The City Church has placed its Alderwood branch at 21705-58th Ave. W. on the market for $3.5 million. The 4.5-acre lot and 26,000-square-foot building has been the home for a few church congregations over the past few years, including New Beginnings Church prior to the City Church’s present occupation of the property.

The listing includes Killdeer Soccer Field just east of the church facility, used most notably by the Terrace-Brier Soccer Club.

Neither The City Church nor Terrace-Brier Soccer could be reached for comment.


  1. That $2.5 million is a big number, which some might conclude is not justified without yet another developer-friendly re-zone. I take this as a signal to the market and, more importantly, to the city that the church is in play.

    Yes, what happens will be most interesting to the neighborhoods immediately surrounding 56th and 236th. Another side of the long-promised density canyon at 56th and 236th will likely soon be under construction.

    There are two important subtexts here. The Town Center Plan is turning out to be the density-laden promise so many in these neighborhoods feared and lobbied against back in 2007. The other is that there is still no credible link between the Civic Campus and any of the plans and projects for downtown, including this one.


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