As Mars Hill prepares today for its first services at the ex-Doxa location on 35th, seems it’s not the only local church coping with parking challenges. Just north of The Junction, West Side Presbyterian Church has posted a detailed “parking possibilities” plan, made necessary by the Cali Ave repave-o-rama.

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  • Elliott April 1, 2007 (10:49 am)

    I live on Austin Street near Mars Hill. An update at 10:45; Parking attendants are wallking our street handing out fliers about church parking, and so far our street isn’t packed. However one person has parked right up against our driveway (in all fairness we don’t know it the driver is going to church or not). But they are parked so close, It may be difficult to turn out of our driveway onto Austin. Seattle law prohibits parking within 5 feet of the driveway return (where the curbing dips down to the driveway).

    SMC 11.72.110 Driveway or alley entrance.

    No person shall stand or park a vehicle in front of a public or private driveway within a street or alley or in front of or in an alley entrance or within five feet (5′) of the end of a constructed driveway return or alley entrance return, or if none, within five feet (5′) of the projection of the edge of the driveway or alley.
    (Ord. 108200 Section 2(11.72.110), 1979.)

  • flipjack April 1, 2007 (11:26 am)

    We just walked by there a little bit ago and were taken aback by the security guys with radios and chartered buses dropping off people. Talk about organized religion. This is Ultra organized religion. Does the Lord really need all that security?

  • Oliver April 1, 2007 (12:16 pm)

    I’m thinking of posting a sign that says “I’ll know Jesus loves me when you stop parking in front of my house.”

  • Westseattlite April 1, 2007 (12:48 pm)

    That’s a good question jack. What’s all that security about? Is MHC a target of sorts? What are they keeping their parishioners safe and secure from -really? Kind of creeps me out…like I’m going into some kind of federal facility or something. I’d like to know. Perhaps some Hilleans can chime in??

  • flipjack April 1, 2007 (1:07 pm)

    I get the sense that it’s sorta part of the hype, like it gives people the sense they are going to a big concert or some other important event, that actually needs security.
    I’m not knocking the church or the people that attend, but like Westseattlite says it kinda creeps me out too.

  • The House April 2, 2007 (11:31 am)

    I found out that the security was provided in case anyone showed up claiming to be Jesus. Their orders were to take him down by all means necessary.

  • Wes Olsen April 3, 2007 (5:09 pm)

    Mark Driscoll has been threatened numerous times and I believe has had some incidents at the Ballard location. Also, if there are hundreds to thousands of people going to the churches, some have children and need to protect them too.
    It’s a crazy world we live in and with all of the Christian persecution around the world one can not be too careful.

  • A dude April 4, 2007 (7:47 am)

    I think West Seattle needs security from right-wing evangelical nuts.

  • dinolicious April 11, 2007 (11:34 am)

    I have had major parking issues with the mars hill church! I have been in contact with them about the parking blocking my driveway! I called and spoke to one guy who was rude and said that if “everyone in the neighborhood went to Mars Hill Church we would not have a parking problem.” He said that there would be parking monitors to make sure this would not happen again. However the next week came and it did happen. I was then refered to another church member. My emails to him have been long. It seems to me that they are not concerned about any complaints re: parking. Since they spent $100,000 to secure parking lots their efforts are done! (I was given that figure by Mars Hill). Their attitude just galls me. Can a homeowner put up a sign saying not to park in front of their driveway! I did make up my own signs last week and put them on the cars. I’m sorry but a megachurch should be located in a place where there can be a big gigantic parking lot! By the way, I have issues with there intolerant homophobic racist beliefs, but I suppose nothing can be done about that!

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