Future of Green Church discussed

Dan Dawson

Dan Dawson

When the Mammoth Town Council met last Wednesday night, the future of the iconic landmark, the Green Church, came up. Dan Dawson, Director of themltc10_16Valentine Reserve and Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab, works for the University of California which bought the Green Church in 1987. Since then, issues with Mammoth Yosemite Airport have caused the University to think about transferring the Church to someone else.

Dawson explained to the Council that a 2001 proposal to expand the airport included expansion of what’s called the Runway Protection Zone, which takes in the Green Church at the corner of Highway 395 and Benton Crossing Road. One of the rules prohibits public assembly, the only use for the Green Church. Back then, Dawson had negotiated with the Town for money to build a replacement for the Church. Of course, airport expansion was scrapped, but Dawson said the potential for future impacts has not gone away.

Dawson pointed to the future possibility that Mammoth’s airport might be re-classified and then the same problem would exist for the Green Church and for the Town. Dawson said he has designed a new lecture hall and classroom for the main campus and has funding lined up for the $1.5 million project which will also be open for public use. However, Dawson said the lessor for the Green Church, the Department of Water and Power, has said the University needs to figure out the disposition of the Green Church before moving ahead with the other project.

greenchurchDawson said the Town has two DWP leases in the Whitmore area and could easily make the church part of that. He said, “I’m trying to sell you a used car. The Town could buy the building at a token cost and solve my problem.” Dawson said it would also solve Mammoth’s future problem when the airport expands.

Town Manager Dan Holler said he needs more detail and will get that together to bring back for an agenda item in November. Dawson pointed out that it would “likely be a political nightmare if we have to tear down the Green Church which has become a local landmark.”

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20 Responses to Future of Green Church discussed

  1. gib corwin September 8, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

    Was I right about the brand turning into Big Bear ahh yeah. Its funny how people cant generally listen or read. I am sure we are all of that guilty too. My own personal goal is to start listening better. God bless theres a lot of good people in this world, especially California. GC CSL BCS Mexico

  2. Peter Pollock March 19, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

    There are some sad replies here. The first reply was correct. The Church belongs to God.

    There is no need to tear this church down. The community just needs to agree to move it. It should not be destroyed, just re-sited.

    If you have no volunteers, then I will come there and help to find a new home for the Green Church. There are many excellent possibilitids, and God will certainly open the right path. It is rhe Lord’s desire that the people should PRAY together, and not be divided by arguments.

    Peter Pollock

  3. MJA October 23, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    I think the green church is a good landmark for people looking for the dump.
    And as for future airport improvements, I’d like to build some condos around it, What do ya think Major,time for another agreement? =

  4. Gib Corwin October 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Nancy, I wish that I could put flowers in my hair and run around the forest too. I think that your suggesting that MMSA and the town of Mammoth Lakes can speculate on the future of the mountain and the people that live and work there on tourist that visit the area for it’s natural beauty interesting. Most of those people will stop on the way up at a super store in Palmdale and stock up on items they would have purchased in Mammoth years ago. I think you should try and sell your idealism to all the under employed, half starving families up there that have not bought new cloths in years. Maybe your tree hugging friends will start a fund for these hard working people and buy them all new electric powered 4 x 4 f- 150s? If the future of Mammoth is development , and it is , then do it really, really well. Build a city that can sustain such a great resort area. By the way, a lot really good ideas started on cocktail napkins.

    • Desert Tortoise October 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

      Why wouldn’t the rational vacationer with room in their car stock up on all the essentials at the lower prices one finds in a major metropolitan area? And when did that become a recent trend? The last run to Tahoe involved packing every open space in the car not occupied by a human or the doggie with the food, beverages and the other necessaries for the trip and four days in a rental house. As a kid taking family vacations in cars with AM tube radios, wing vent windows, bench seats and no air conditioning, the trunk was always packed with ice chests of food for the weekend or week away from home. Touristy places simply charge too much, and that has been true for as long as there have been touristy places. Smart and frugal vationers have always shopped before leaving on their trips. Don’t expect that to change.

      • Gib Corwin October 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

        Mr. Tortoise, that’s a great story! And there is not one word or sentence that could not be more true or correct. It was a better world back then. The problem is this though, after reading your paragraph if I was trying to raise a small family or start a business in Mammoth Lakes I would start looking elsewhere to make a bare minimum self sustaining living. Life is really expensive and the people from Los Angeles owe the Valley residents a huge debt. They took away your water and basically wiped out the entire community. Why not build a venue that will allow them to spend all that money they robbed from you? Why not have the last laugh?Thanks and I will check out the Mojave airport sometime.

    • That One Guy November 1, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

      Hate to break it to you Gib, but “putting flowers in our hair and running around the forest” is what people come here to do. The most successful companies in the modern world that most of us are living in have logos that some might say look like they were “written down on a cocktail napkin.” Also calling someone a “tree-hugger” does not support your argument. But forgive me if it does, i would love to see you prove it.

  5. DESCO October 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    If they can move London Bridge to Arizona, they can move the Green Church across the highway.

    • Ken Warner October 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

      Move it to the Village and turn it into a pub.

      • Trouble October 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

        Ken, I am laughing my ass off. Thanks!

  6. Nancy Backerman October 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    gib corwin….surely you miss what makes Mammoth such a beautiful place and it really has nothing to do with any of the things you mention. Without the stunning mountains and spectacular outdoors the town, the village, the MMSA logo would have not have much of a purpose. 20 years from now skiers and boarders will still be coming here because of the fabulous mountains.

    As far as the Green Church goes, it would be a shame to lose such an iconic Mono Co. landmark.

  7. Gib Corwin October 21, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Do you think the future tourist dollars ( the skiers/ boarder kids) will remember Mammoth when they make vacation ski plans twenty years from now? That poor town has about as much charm as Pearsonville, and that’s when the town is covered in snow. The hot creek is closed, the village looks like a transplanted assisted care facility from Irvine, the dining choices in the village cater to the first time skier/ boarders and the un informed. The brand is turning into Big Bear The MMSA logo looks like a phone number someone wrote down on a cocktail napkin in a dimly lite bar in Mojave. The little green church is next on the list up there. I wonder how many people men and women were married in there?

    • Mark October 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

      “The MMSA logo looks like a phone number someone wrote down on a cocktail napkin in a dimly lite bar in Mojave.”

      I will have you know now that Mike’s is closed in Mojave there is no place to buy a cocktail in Mojave.

      • Desert Tortoise October 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

        There is the appropriately named High Winds Lounge on Hwy 58 and I believe you can get a drink out at the restaurant at Mojave Airport and at the Mariah Country Inn.

  8. Amen October 21, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    Wow,,, that is a landmark in Mono County. It would make me very sad to see it torn down or something.

  9. Another conflict of interest? October 21, 2013 at 5:09 am #

    “The Town could buy the building…”

    This wouldn’t be another property listed by Matt Lehman would it?

  10. Mongo The Idiot October 21, 2013 at 3:05 am #

    I’m having a political nightmare right now.

  11. joe glotz October 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    do what Dawson says. He’s the smartest guy in town. Including Rusty

  12. Trouble October 20, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    What would God do?


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