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Cheers n' jeers: Dead skyscraper edition | Editorial

• Cheers to the failure of the Twin Development skyscraper plan. The developer was unable to meet a deadline for buying the AMC Theatres site. The developer planned to tap a federal program that awarded U.S. immigrant status to foreign investors willing to spend $500,000 or more. The problem? No money and no investors. For now, the three skyscrapers will no longer waste the time and energy of Federal Way’s leaders and taxpayers. The proposal was pie-in-the-sky thinking from the start. Thankfully, city leaders recognize that Federal Way needs the tax revenue that comes from developing the site. Here’s hoping the city finds a practical and public solution.

• Cheers to the Federal Way Noon Rotary Club for donating $20,000 to Communities in Schools (CIS) of Federal Way. The money will strengthen a program that provides positive adult mentors for students who need them. Rotary and CIS are quintessential vehicles for enhancing quality of life within the city’s borders. Any investment of time, money and energy toward the greater good is an investment worth making.

• Jeers to three Federal Way police officers on bicycles who crossed in the middle of busy South 320th Street on Tuesday morning. Cars had to stop to let the smiling officers cross as they chatted nonchalantly in the middle of the road. Keep up the good work, dear police officers, but please follow the same traffic rules — and use the same crosswalks — as the regular folks.

• Cheers to resident Jeff Kendig for starting a midnight walking club in Federal Way. The club’s recent inaugural meeting involved two laps around The Commons Mall. Regardless of whether it’s safe to walk around downtown Federal Way at midnight, Kendig deserves kudos for both his courage and community outreach.

• Jeers to the loss of another downtown Federal Way business, Gen X. Even if you’ve never shopped at the store, the closure hurts — and leaves an empty building at the city’s busiest intersection.

• Cheers to Wild Waves Theme Park returning to local management under former owner Jeff Stock. Stock formed NorPoint Entertainment specifically for this venture, and plans to add new attractions/rides to Wild Waves. He wants to reinvigorate the park as well as its presence in the community. Local management provides an ideal catalyst for reaching those goals.

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