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Source: http://www.cityoffederalway.com/Attachment.ashx?id=741 (PDF)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- October 5, 2007

If Federal Way had a performing arts center, I’d like it to have…

If Federal Way had a performing arts center, what would it look like? How many seats would it have? Would there be one performance hall or two? Where would you put it? Should it be a green building? And, hey, don’t forget the espresso stand…

The City of Federal Way this week finalized a contract with the Chicago-based Johnson Consulting firm to look at the feasibility of building and operating a performing arts center in Federal Way.

To kick off the study, the City is holding a public meeting to solicit hopes, dreams, wants and wishes about a potential performing arts center.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Knutzen Family Theatre in the Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road (map). The event is free and refreshments will be served.

The $80,000 feasibility study also will analyze the future viability of the City-operated Dumas Bay Centre and Knutzen Family Theatre—with and without a stand-alone performing arts center in Federal Way—as well as provide business and operations plans for the facilities. The City will pay for the study with $30,000 from the Dumas Bay Centre capital budget and $50,000 from the Federal Way Arts Commission budget. Johnson Consulting provides strategic planning and direction on a variety of real estate uses such as convention centers, arenas, stadiums, fairgrounds and performing arts facilities. For more information about the company, visit www.chjc.com

For more information about the feasibility study or about how to get involved, contact Scott Pingel, City Manager’s Office, 253.835.2403, scott.pingel@cityoffederalway.com
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MEDIA CONTACTS
Linda Farmer, APR -- Communications & Government Affairs Manager, 253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211
Iwen Wang -- Assistant City Manager/CFO, 253.835.2510

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