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Eagles have landed on Wenatchee Avenue.

The Wenatchee Eagles Club #204 purchased the former Liquidation World building at 1202 N Wenatchee Ave. from long-time owner Russ Hartley for $1.2 million. The sale closed Feb. 11.

The Eagles plan to renovate the space and lease out half the building, keeping around 9,500 square feet for themselves. The purchase gives the local club a new aerie after they sold their previous property to the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation two years ago for $2.75 million. The college now leases that space from the foundation for a music and arts center.

Wenatchee Eagles President Bill Walton, owner of Midstate Construction, said the service club sold the property at 1510 Ninth St. in Wenatchee because much of the 8.65-acre site could not be developed due m zoning restrictions.

The Eagles built the 16,000-squarefoot building that sits across from WVC's baseball fields with a conditional use permit in 1985. Prior to that, the club had owned and met in the now Parsons Photography building at 15 S. Mission St. in Wenatchee.

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The club's new location was built in 1956, and has housed a Peter Rabbit grocery store, Craft Warehouse, and most recently, Liquidation World, which closed its doors in October. The sellers, Russ and Diana Hartley, purchased the building in the early 1990s, and put it up for sale or lease after Liquidation World vacated the premises.

Due to the age of the building and the intended use as a club house, the Eagles will complete a major remodel including installing a new sprinkler system in the 18,750-square-foot building, said club treasurer Gary Dennis. The service group plans be open there sometime in late spring or early summer. The building comes with 99 parking spaces in the lot between it and the Buzz Inn.

Walton indicated that the Eagles had looked at several other properties before deciding on the Hartley property. The club offered to purchase the Reid Pump and Supply Co. building at 1317 Walla Walla Ave. prior to the construction of the event center. But that deal fell through, as did the club's bid to purchase the Royal Fork building in Olds Station next to the now defunct K-Mart. The latter deal folded because the property's covenants did not allow for a bar on that premises, and the covenants could not be changed, he said.

Having no issues of that sort with the new property is a relief for Walton, who said the planning and design stage of the new aerie will be completed in March. Ideas being considered include a bar, dance floor, and a rentable meeting room.

The Wenatchee Eagles club was founded in 1902, and is a 501(c)8 charitable organization. Much of the club's work involves raising money for a variety of charities including diabetes, spinal chord, and cancer research. He said 100 percent of the money the club raises goes directly to the charities, with no deduction for administrative costs. The Eagles organization consists of around 1,800 aeries across the U.S. and Canada with more than one million members. Together they raise more than $100 million a year for charities.

Dues for men include a $10 initiation fee, and $42 per year. Women's dues for the ladies' auxiliary are $25 per year. The Wenatchee Eagles currently have about 1,100 members. Walton expects that number will grow once the new location is fully operational.

"I've seen interest pick up just in the last week," he said.
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Title Annotation:Wenatchee Eagles Club
Author:Davis, Yvette
Publication:Wenatchee Business Journal
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2008
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