Letter to the editor: Community will benefit from Caspers Street home sale

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Dear Editor:

Edmonds United Methodist Church has been part of this community since 1908 and continues to build deep roots. We have the utmost respect for our neighbors and wanted to provide clarification on the recent land sale to the east of the church building. In early 2014, a proposal to sell the property was made to the members and attendees of Edmonds United Methodist Church. A task force was created to research the options available for land use and it was determined the land had been zoned as residential. The task force also researched options for the house, which stood at 860 Caspers Street. Contractors determined the house lacked the structural integrity to relocate it and could not be made a historical landmark because of changes made by previous owners. All-church meetings were held and voices spoke out both for and against the potential sale. After much discussion and prayer, church members voted to sell the land.

To an on-looker it may seem as though the church will only gain financially – in fact it is our neighbors and community that will benefit. With the proceeds from the sale, the church was able to pay off their mortgage. They can now use the funds previously dedicated to a monthly payment to support community outreach such as the Edmonds Food Bank, which serves 1,500 individuals each month, and global initiatives like Imagine No Malaria to bring an end to this curable disease.

We hope our neighbors and the community understand the decision to sell the property was a difficult one. Though change isn’t always easy, sometimes we must let go in order to create a better future for those who come after us.

Warmly,
Jessica Pair, Coordinator of Media and Information
Edmonds United Methodist Church

8 COMMENTS

  1. The October 28th photo of this turn-of-the- century house being demolished resulted in a number of comments and concerns from readers of MyEdmondsNews. I am not speaking for Edmonds United Methodist Church, but have been an active member since late 1980. I can assure you that the decision to sell the land took almost two years of debate, thought, research and prayers. The congregation loved the open space, except maybe the volunteers that had to mow it. The bottom line is that it was too valuable an asset to let sit dormant.
    The house was occupied for a number of years by the Director of the Edmonds Food Bank. She moved out as the stairs became too much of a challenge. After a great deal of research (did the house meet historical criteria, etc.), it was determined that it was too poorly constructed to be saved.
    This church is very active in the local community. The Edmonds Food Bank operates out of the lower level and feeds over 300 families a week. This food bank has been operating for almost 35 years and accepts no federal funding. It survives on the volunteer efforts of almost 100 people, and on the wonderful donations from the citizens of Edmonds. The church pays the salary of the director, who is in her 80’s. The Children’s Center provides pre-school and after school care. The tutoring program does one-on-one tutoring for over 20 “at-risk” children and provides them and their families a hot meal. The Mobile Health Clinic operated for almost five years, but recently this ministry has ceased (due to declining need.) We also have a very active Boy Scout Troop, and an active chapter of MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers.)
    You are more than welcome to come get involved. Our Sunday worship services are at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Learn more about us at http://www.edmondsumc.org.

    Ken Pickle

  2. I’m always amazed how upset people get when new building comes in. I think it’s wise to remember that at some point, land was cleared for the house they every single one of us now occupies. I’m sure neighbors at that time were dismayed too about the loss of trees, older houses etc.

  3. The Lord and the real estate business work in mysterious ways.Having been active in the business of selling homes and condos in our unique and beautiful community for over 40 years I understand that change is not always an easy pill to swallow myself included. The Edmonds Methodist Church decision to sell their excess property was certainly a tough decision I am certain. When I see how busy the food bank is during the week I applaud what they have done to continue to help those in need. The Heavens are glowing with pride for their decision of ‘Thy will be Done’ and it has!

  4. Kudos to the Edmonds United Methodist Church for all that they do and yes, I am sure it was a difficult decision and took years of debate. It is unfortunate that the house had to go, but I am hopeful that the developers will be thoughtful in recognizing the character of the area and build accordingly. I will miss that house, the teepees during summer camp, the pea-patches – but I also see every Tuesday how busy the Food Bank is as well as when the Mobile Health unit is there. Change is hard, but sometime change is necessary.

  5. The Edmonds United Methodist Church is a great asset to our community. Their outreach to those in need is marvelous. Yes, as is stated in the letters above, change can be difficult, but often times necessary for humanitarian reasons. Among other much-needed and appreciated outreach projects, Edmonds Food Bank contributes to the Neighbors In Need program at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday mornings. I am thankful we have such a caring church in our city.

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