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Posted on: October 26, 2017

[ARCHIVED] - Settlement: City Church Property -

The Providence Heights lawsuit filed against the City of Issaquah by The City Church last month was recently settled by both parties. The City did not pay any damages.

The lawsuit involved the church’s property at 4221 228th Ave. S.E.

As a condition of the settlement, King County Superior Court ordered the City of Issaquah to immediately allow The City Church (now known as Churchome) to proceed subject to all terms and conditions of the demolition permit, which was issued June 1, 2017. The permit still requires that the stained-glass windows be preserved.

Church officials claimed that restricting their ability to demolish the buildings would substantially diminish their property values.

According to the judge’s conclusions of law, the SEPA and landmark decisions each burdened the church’s free exercise of religion. 

Churchome plans to use the proceeds from the property to acquire church buildings to accommodate its growing congregation in other cities, according to court documents. 

Past case law has determined that “interest in preservation of esthetic and historic structures is not compelling and it does not justify the infringement of [a church’s] right to freely exercise religion,” court documents state.

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