It has been reported in the Federal Way Mirror that L.A.-based Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds a financial group owned by former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson is offering a cash infusion to rejuvenate The Commons, aka the SeaTac Mall.
Perhaps this is a good time for our city council and mayor to make a call to good ole Magic and see if they could start a discussion about a partnership in the long-discussed PACC (performing arts and conference center).
This partnership might have more traction than the failed attempt to build the "Crystal Palace." The object of the City of Federal Way should be to take as much of the financial burden off the residents. Along with a Canyon-Johnson partnership, much of the annual operating cost could be absorbed. A $1 per PACC-related ticket user fee would help offset cost as well.
So how much creativity and drive do our council members and mayor have? Do they have the motivation to pick up the phone and call Magic and see if there might be some interest from this group? This group might actually get this project moving on the fast track, thus saving residents the cost that gets higher each day we wait.
Seattle Mayor McGinn said on March 5 in regard to the Chris Hansen's Sonics arena project that the City of Seattle is currently turning away convention business. This is business we could have here in our city. Is that not motivation to move now?
Just maybe this partnership could be the driving factor in the development of long overdue downtown corridor. We can only hope.
Randall Smith, Federal Way