Soul Patrol Ministry, a Spokane nonprofit Christian organization made up of motorcycle enthusiasts, says it plans to build a clubhouse in the Mead area.
The project site is at 12115 N. Market. The site, which is to be cleared, originally was the Mead Market convenience store and gas station and more recently was the Vintage V-Twin LLC custom motorcycle restoration and service shop.
The clubhouse will have 2,100 square feet of floor space, and it will look like an Old West saloon from the outside, although it will be an alcohol-free social gathering place, says Tim Olson, president of the ministry. The structure will have a squared-off building faade, swinging doors, and possibly a horse trough, which would serve as a baptismal pool, on the front porch, he says.
Inside, it will have a coffee and soft-drink bar, two pool tables, dartboards, and seating for 150 to 200 people, Olson says.
The project was designed by Spokane architect Anthony Janson. Soul Patrol will act as its own contractor, Olson says.
He declines to estimate the total project cost, adding that the ministry will rely substantially on donated skills and labor from members and benefactors. Soul Patrol has bought the site and will own the structure, Olson says.
Volunteers will start clearing debris at the project site this week, he says. Soul Patrol plans to start construction in the spring and hopes to open the clubhouse a year later.
The clubhouse will be open to the public as an alternative to bars, Olson says. "People can drop in here on a Friday and Saturday night instead of getting into trouble," he says.
Beverages will be sold on a donation basis with proceeds going to the ministry, he says.
Soul Patrol is affiliated with the Calvary Baptist Church, at 511 W. Hastings. The ministry has about 25 members and more "prospects" are participating in a two-year process to become members, Olson says.
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