About Good For Bellevue
At Mars Hill Church our mission is to make disciples and plant churches. We believe the Gospel can change people, neighborhoods, even cities and we are seeing this in Bellevue as the church grows and more people have their lives changed by Jesus.
Through much prayer and consideration, our leaders believe strongly that Jesus wants us to set down deep roots here on the Eastside by owning our next location and planting a large healthy church that would include a training center. This location would serve as Mars Hill’s central operations center and regional hub for making disciples and planting churches.
Our current location has been sold.
Our current location at the Danz building is a leased space and has been sold to the Rockefeller Group. They have announced plans to demolish the building and develop the entire block. Over the next few years our church would be situated in the middle of a major construction project, and ultimately we would be forced to move at the end of our lease in 2017.
We’ve outgrown our current space.
God’s plans have far exceeded our own and, for his glory, He has given us fruit that has outgrown our current facility. In the last 2 years Mars Hill Bellevue has grown from 1200 to over 2500 people worshipping together each Sunday. We expect this to grow to over 5000 in the next few years.
We need a larger location to accommodate what God is doing in our church and we have to start now so that we can be out of our current building by 2017.
We believe the right location is in Bellevue and that this church and training center will be the epicenter from which Mars Hill Church can make disciples and plant churches.
The International Paper Property on 120th St.
After many months of searching and narrowing down our choices, only one building in Bellevue is available that meets the needs of the church that God is building on the Eastside. A few months ago we made an offer on a property in the Bel-Red corridor on 120th St. which was currently owned by the International Paper Company.
The space is about 180,000 sq. feet on 10.5 acres of property, located directly on the new light rail line being developed in 2017. The City of Bellevue has plans to develop the area immediately surrounding this site with retail, restaurants, and urban housing.
After renovations the property could feature:
- - Seating for 3,000+ per service
- - Local Bellevue Church office space
- - Central Operations office space
- - Media & Communications space
- - Much larger Kids Ministry area
- - Space for Mars Hill Students
- - Training classrooms for a future Bible college
- - Ample parking space on-site
- - Large common areas
Mars Hill Bible College
Part of this vision includes opening a Bible college. Recently we sent out proposal requests to the best Bible colleges in the U.S. with the intention of partnering with one of them to establish an accredited Bible school at Mars Hill Bellevue. We want to provide sound theological training for your children as we raise up the next generation of leaders and church planters.
We’re Not Done Yet
Upon submitting our offer for this property, we’ve hit a snag.
Sound Transit, the government agency responsible for building and operating the light rail transit system, has purchased this property to protect their interests, even though we offered to outbid any other offers. To the best of our knowledge, Sound Transit had an agreement to immediately activate purchase of the property should anyone make an offer. Effectively taking the property no matter who makes an offer or for how much. These agreements are made so that government organizations do not have to exercise eminent domain and take a property under seizure.
Sound Transit is now evaluating their use of this property to build an Operations & Maintenance Satellite Facility (OMSF), basically a large barn they will use to maintain the light rail trains, much like the one located in Georgetown just south of downtown Seattle. They have five locations in mind for this facility, and this property on 120th St. is currently their top choice. They intend to make a decision as to whether they need the building by Summer of 2014.
If Sound Transit decides to build their maintenance barn in any other location, then they have the option to place this property back up for sale and we intend to pursue this property until that is no longer an option.
Good for Bellevue
We believe that this property is the best location to further the mission of the Gospel through Mars Hill Church, so we are continuing to pursue this property and work with Sound Transit to come to an agreement that works well for everyone involved.
We believe a Mars Hill church at this key location is far better for the City of Bellevue, and better for the community and local economy than a transit maintenance barn. We will provide:
- - Immediate benefit to local commerce (restaurants, hotels, transit and more).
- - More jobs to Bellevue (150+ employees).
- - Much needed conference/multi-use space to Bellevue.
- - Ridership for Sound Transit will increase due to our large events and regular attendees because we will be located directly on the transit line.
- - We plan to use the existing structure, which supports local green initiatives and the development plan for the Bel-Red corridor.
The City of Bellevue can benefit greatly by having both Mars Hill Church’s largest facility and the Sound Transit maintenance barn located in the city. While Sound Transit has several options for their maintenance barn, we only have one option for our church. Our intention is to work with Sound Transit as they decide whether to use this location or choose one of the other locations that they have available to them.
Unfortunately we find ourselves in a position where we are going up against the government. Given the perspective, we are a small church with little chance of being able to make the government change their decision. However, we will continue to move forward with faith in a God who is bigger than any government.
How You Can Help
Email a letter to the Sound Transit Board to share your opinion.
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PRAY FOR GOD TO GUIDE US THROUGH THIS PROCESS.
Pray for us as we partner with community leaders, area developers and Sound Transit officials to encourage Sound Transit to select one of their other properties for maintenance yard development, allowing us to proceed with our purchase of the property on 120th.
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We are a core group, we are being prepared to go out and launch a church, praying for God to do something wild and enormous for His glory. None of this happens without wisdom, strength from the Holy Spirit and action.
Please join us in prayer, join me in the fight for the Gospel, for the legacy of our children, for the love of our city, and above all, for Jesus who has laid it all down for us.