Mayor Jim Ferrell, right, has changed his mind about renaming South 320th Street to South Veterans Way after receiving public feedback against the proposal. Courtesy city of Federal Way

Mayor Jim Ferrell, right, has changed his mind about renaming South 320th Street to South Veterans Way after receiving public feedback against the proposal. Courtesy city of Federal Way

Reversing course: Mayor Jim Ferrell reconsiders renaming 320th Street after public feedback

Road’s name would have changed to South Veterans Way

After receiving mixed reactions from the community, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell has decided not to change the name of South 320th Street to South Veterans Way, just more than a week after making the announcement.

Ferrell unveiled a mock-up of a street sign with the new proposed name during the annual Flag Day celebration on June 16 sponsored by Soroptimist International of Federal Way and King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer.

The decision to rename the road was a long time coming, Ferrell said.

“This originally came up in 2014 when we installed the big 60-foot flag pole and smaller flags and honorarily renamed a significant portion of 320th as Veterans Way,” he said.

Renaming 320th still would have required approval from the City Council.

But, Ferrell decided this week after receiving feedback from the community and veterans to pull the idea off the table.

“I think the comments and feedback we are hearing are not supportive of renaming 320th for a variety of reasons,” he said. “I have to be respectful of that public comment and input, and I think it is appropriate we take a step back and find another way to honor our veterans.”

Ferrell said he plans to seek input from the community and veterans on an alternative, which could include a veterans memorial at Town Square Park.

The potential name change generated mixed reactions on social media, including the Mirror’s Facebook page. Some commenters were concerned about the cost associated with the name change.

New signage would have cost about $75,000 and would have been paid for using real estate excise tax funds, which can only be used on capital projects.

Other concerns indicated residents felt the city needed to focus its priorities on other issues, such as homelessness and traffic, instead of renaming the road.

“I want make it abundantly clear the No. 1 priority of this is city is public safety,” Ferrell said. “While we are having a conversation about how to honor veterans and how to honor key people in our community, the focus of the city’s administration is on public safety and addressing the issues that matter to every citizen.”


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@federalwaymirror.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.federalwaymirror.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

Teaser
Well-Fed from the Federal Way Farmers Market: Lemon-lime meringue pie

Lemon-lime meringue pie (makes 9-inch pie, 8 servings) By Vickie Chynoweth Ingredients… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of South Sound News.
Boy shoots brother, 9, inside Federal Way apartment

The 9-year-old boy was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.

File photo
Group of girls attack, pepper spray mother and daughter | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log May 11-17.

tsr
The Hub: Federal Way Higher Education Center brings opportunity, access to south Puget Sound students

An official ribbon cutting for the Federal Way campus was held on May 13.

This screenshot from Auburn Police Department bodycam footage shows an officer about to fire his weapon and kill dog on May 13, 2022.
Auburn police shoot dog, and owner claims it wasn’t justified

See videos of attack as well as bodycam footage of officer firing at dog.

File photo.
King County Council approves creation of Cannabis Safety Taskforce amid rash of dispensary robberies

The multi-agency task force will cooperate to find ways to improve safety in the cash-only industry.

Early design renderings of Memorial Stadium renovations (Screenshot from March 22 Federal Way School Board presentation)
Here’s how you can get a sneak peek at the new Federal Way Memorial Field

FWPS to host open house showcasing renovations May 19.

Most Read