Formerly a strip club, a Seattle-area building that has been vacant for years will soon be redeemed when it becomes the new home of a church’s offices and community center.
The building that belonged to Sugar’s strip club in Shoreline, Washington, was once known for prostitution and was the front of a racketeering operation owned by the notorious Colacurcio family.
Five years after the building’s former owners were indicted, Bethany Community Church has taken out a five-year loan on the property with an option to renew.
“We were looking for a permanent home where we could lead worship services, when we found this location,” pastor Scott Sund told the Seattle Times. “We realized it wasn’t a traditional space to be run by a church, but it just kept coming back to us, and we saw an opportunity to create something better for the community.”
Sund says they plan to reopen the building this fall as offices and a church-run community center that will offer tutoring, social events and a coffee house for the neighborhood.
“When we arrived, this was a real place of darkness,” he commented. “We hope we can bring a sense of light to the community in its place.”
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SOURCE: Charisma News