Keep the momentum behind the PACC | Letters
March 16, 2013 · Updated 11:41 AM
We now need to continue momentum to build the performing arts and civic center (PACC) in the heart of Federal Way.
After years of feasibility studies, the first landmark was achieved with the city’s 2011 purchase of the Toys ‘R’ Us site with a $5 million grant from the state.
Last month, the firm selected for the PACC design presented renderings to the council for a 700-seat theater along with meeting and conference rooms and mixed use spaces to create the largest gathering space in Federal Way.
These two milestones are the culmination of two decades of community vision and planning for a project that could be the pride of Federal Way and impetus for the crucial development of the downtown core.
We are now at a critical juncture and tipping point with the project. Immediacy is important and costs are likely to increase if there is any delay.
Do we want to throw away 20-plus years of small victories and planning and be the city mired in shortsightedness and missed opportunities? Or shall we be the city with an investment in its immediate future that will benefit so many of its citizens?
In order to continue the momentum, the council needs to act on moving forward with the schematic design. Organizing a fundraising campaign cannot happen without it.
Betty Huff, Federal Way