New Russian church planned for Mukilteo

By Sara Bruestle | Jul 06, 2011

Photo courtesy of Rob Murdock

 A Russian church is under construction at 4223 78th St. in Mukilteo. Above, a worker from KLE Construction, LCC clears trees from the property.

Mukilteo is going to be home to a new Russian church in the next few years.

Contractors are prepping the site across the street from the Public Works building at 44th Avenue W. and 78th Street S.W. in Mukilteo for the new Slavic Christian Church Awakening.  The property is about 4.25 acres.

Workers from KLE Construction LLC are in the process of preparing the site for the foundation of the building, including clearing trees and installing a silt fence. They started the work at the end of June.

The church, at a cost of about $1.3 million, is going to be built in phases over the next 3-4 years, due to lack of funding, said Rick Walters, the site project manager.  This year, he said, it’s going to be all prep work.

 “After they get additional funding, they’ll go to the next phase, which would be the structure itself,” Walters said. “It will be done over a few years here.”

As such, the schedule for the next phases is tentative, Walters said. The plan, however, is to get the structure of the building up by next year and finish the interior of the building by 2013 or 2014, he said.

The Slavic Christian Church Awakening now holds services at an interim church, the First Slavic Church in Everett.

“We tried to find land closer to the location we are doing service now that was somewhat close to Seattle,” said Vladimir Lavrentyev, project manager for the church. “And we found the place in Mukilteo.”

The congregation is “very excited” to move into the new church, he said.

The church, as designed by contractor Taylor Gregory Broadway Architects, is two stories and 27,500 square feet, Walters said. He said the church is still receiving bids for contracts from builders.

Designs for the church feature a foyer, high ceilings, beams and big glass windows in the sanctuary, open seating, restrooms, a kitchen, pantry, a coatroom, nursery and a “cry” room – for quiet reflection and recollection, Walters said.

There are also designs for three offices and seven classrooms, two of which could be split with partitioning walls, he said.

The designs are not final, and may change should the church decide to go ahead with other plans that are less expensive, Lavrentyev said.

Donations to the church may be mailed to 4223 78th St. S.W., Mukilteo, WA, 98275.

For more information, call Vladimir Lavrentyev at 206-571-3094.
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