Yes, it's true.
Within a week after First AME Church purchased the MLK, Jr. building from the district, they turned around and did a quit claim (for "10.00 cash in hand paid and other good and valuable consideration, conveys and quit claims") to - wait for it - the MLK Family Arts Mentoring Enrichment Community Center (MLK FAME CC). So FAME sold to FAME.
According to the Washington Secretary of State, FAME CC was incorporated as a non-profit on 1/25/11. The agent name is "National Registered Agents, Inc." which is a national registry group. The address is in Tumwater.
What's interesting is if you Google "MLK Family Arts Mentoring Enrichment Community Center", it pulls up a new business listing for a group in Tumwater that handles auto sales and repair. Very strange. It has the same address as the address for the incorporation.
Okay, let me first say that the MLK building sale has been troubling from the start. I was told recently that actually right after the building closed in 2007, the Bush School had made an offer to the district that the district was considering. What happened to that offer, I'm not sure. I'll have to check with Mr. English.
First AME also printed a "statement of facts" at their website. They don't mention the sale of the building to another entity.
In March 2011, when this came up on the radar again, I missed this comment entirely which should have tipped me off:
How's this for a quick swap-a-rooney on the MLK property. FAME has already filed a quit claim on the property and passed it to the possession of, get this, the MLK Family Arts Mentoring Enrichment Community Center". Ron English signed the the Statutory Warantee Deed on 2/14/2011 (Recording # 20110217001529), and Reverend Carey G. Anderson signed the Quit Claim Deed on 2/17/2011 (recording # 20110218000653) with MLK FAMECC as the Grantee. Hmmm...Just as I typed the acronym I realized FAME...FAME. MLKFAME has a non-profit corporation filing date of 1/25/2011 according to the Secretary of State web site.
So some smart cookie out there had looked this up. I didn't. The Seattle Times didn't.
To answer the question of undoing the sale, I'd say I guess not.
So the question is, who really owns the MLK, Jr. Building and what are they going to do with it?