Brothers Roger and Byron Mark were finally able to close their Mill Creek Tennis Club purchase on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, for $1,550,000.
The Mark brothers have been leasing the Mill Creek Tennis Club from the Mill Creek Country Club for the past five years. Their lease-purchase agreement ended in May with a plan to close the sale on July 30th.
The devil was in the details however, and it took time to work out a number of issues. When announcing the purchase to tennis club members early on Thursday morning, Roger Mark emailed, “It took over two months to haggle over lot size, utilities, and parking; but we finally closed on the purchase of the club.”
Roger and Byron Mark plan to make a number of improvements to the tennis club over the next few years. Their published long-range plans include the following projects:
- Replace the tennis facility roof and improve the existing building’s insulation.
- Cover the three outside courts for year-round use.
- Remodel the locker rooms and the mezzanine viewing area.
- Improve parking.
Roger Mark is an experienced coach and his United States Tennis Association teams have had great success in Sectional, Regional, and National competitions. His teams captured national titles at the Men’s 4.0 and Women’s 3.0 levels in the past few years.
United Development Corporation originally built the Mill Creek Country Club as a centerpiece of their 1,200-acre planned community. Their master development plan was approved by Snohomish County in 1975 and the country club was one of the first properties to be developed. It was originally comprised of a clubhouse, a golf course, an indoor swimming pool, and a tennis facility.
It took about 25 years for United Development Corporation to build out their master plan and toward the end, they divested themselves of the Mill Creek Country Club to various entities.
The member-owned Mill Creek Country Club has recently reorganized their operations. Mill Creek Country Club Presient Bart Pitzer said they may pay off their existing mortgage with the tennis club sale proceeds.