PACC nets $2 million from state; fundraising meeting July 11

Artistic rendering of the proposed PACC in Federal Way. - Courtesy photo
Artistic rendering of the proposed PACC in Federal Way.
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Mirror staff reports:

The proposed performing arts and conference center (PACC) slated for downtown Federal Way has received $2 million in state funding, based on the recently passed budget in the Legislature.

This 41,000-square-foot building is slated for the former Toys R Us site on 20th Avenue South (near the Federal Way Transit Center). Plans include a 700-seat two-tiered auditorium, 125-room hotel, a kitchen, and 8,000 square feet of conference space.

The PACC is expected to cost up to $32 million. No timeline has been established for completion. Last March, the city council voted to spend up to $355,000 of Real Estate Excise Tax funds to get the schematic designs made. Also included is the caveat that Lorax Partners, the development group the city has partnered with, will bring any cost saving opportunities to the council over the course of the next several months.

The Federal Way Coalition of the Performing Arts is leading a fundraising campaign for the project. A meeting about fundraising will be held at 6 p.m. July 11 at the council chambers at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S. The community is invited to attend. Pledges are also being accepted. To learn more, contact Joann Piquette at or (253) 839-4389. More information about the project is available at


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