Day-to-day operations will continue unchanged
LYNDEN — Luke Ridnour has purchased the property at the northeast corner of Main Street and Guide Meridian Road.
Ridnour, the former Blaine High School basketball star and 12-year NBA point guard, with his wife Katherine, bought the five acres that house the former City Bible Church, according to Sept. 5 notice from the Whatcom County Treasurer’s Office. Ridnour returned to Whatcom County in August 2017 after retiring from the NBA hoping to start a gym. The multi-purpose building of the former church on Main Street ended up being the perfect fit for Ridnour Athletic Courts (RAC for short).
Ridnour said by phone that he now owns the property, but that day-to-day operations on it won’t look different to the people who currently use the space. The gym is used for a variety of sports including volleyball, basketball and Special Olympics.
The Lynden School District’s homeschool partnership program Lynden Academy also uses the main building of the former church and will continue to do so, Ridnour said.
“It’s a community gym that people can rent out and use,” Ridnour said of RAC. “It really is just going to keep being that. They’re not going to notice any difference.”
Ridnour said he jumped at the chance to purchase the property because of the success and community engagement he has already seen in the couple of years he has operated there.
“I thought it would be fun to have a gym and do different programs out of it. That’s the reason that I jumped on it,” he said. “That everyone is using it and getting a lot of good use out of it makes it worth it for me.”
The 1986 Main St. property is directly on the corner with State Route 539/Guide Meridian Road. The purchase does not include another 7.2 acres still owned by City Bible Church of Portland. The whole area remains zoned residential.
The purchase amount was $2.5 million, according to the county.
The Ridnours’ company is F.O.D. LLC.