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Proposed theater's traffic okay with city

By ERICA HALL

The Mirror

Federal Way officials have outlined the traffic impacts expected by Century Theater’s megaplex project at The Commons at Federal Way.

A mitigated determination of nonsignificance (MDNS) by the city’s Department of Community Development states the theater will have to pay its share of a handful of transportation improvement projects, based on the anticipated increase in the number of people the theater would draw to intersections and streets the city already had tapped for improvement.

According to a transportation analysis conducted by the city, the expansion of the site where Century plans to open a 60,000-square-foot, 16-screen theater will impact seven transportation projects around the mall. Century could either pay to have the projects constructed or could pay $80,000 toward the projects for its share of the traffic impacts.

Century wants to build in the space occupied by the former Gottschalks store on the South 324th Street side of the mall.

The company announced the project in November 2003 and planned to open the theater in late 2004. The opening now is scheduled for this year.

City staff determined that because the project isn’t likely to have significant adverse environmental impacts in the area, an environmental impact study isn’t required. Once the comment period passes next Monday, the determination will become final. After that, the city will review the land-use application to ensure Century has met all the city requirements for things like setbacks and parking requirements, before issuing construction permits.

Greg Fewins, deputy director of community development, said Thursday afternoon the city hadn’t received an appeal from Century regarding the MDNS.

Century, which is based in San Rafael, Calif. has theaters in 11 states totaling more than 900 screens.

Staff writer Erica Hall: 925-5565, ehall@fedwaymirror.com

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