Friday, December 23, 2011

Reapplying the Hiatus

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It's funny, I declared this blog was going on hiatus in May of 2010, more than 100 posts ago.

When we moved here in 2006, life for me was simpler.  Also, being back in the northwest was exciting - I can see Seattle (or is that Sea-Tac) from my house!  The air is clear, the weather is great, people are nice, the only problem is this darned graffiti.

That was a pretty interesting kick... appeared on KING5, interviewed for an article in the New York Times (not to mention Tacoma News Tribune and Federal Way Mirror), cool stuff.  All because of this little blog.

The graffiti got tackled, but my perceptions became less, how shall we say, bright.  The city began to feel more gritty, the "that which I did not like" really didn't start at the borders of Auburn and Pierce County but existed within the town as well.  Life got busier, I became more jaded and I began to learn that it was much easier to say I'm from Seattle than Federal Way and go through the whole "Oh? Where's that?" "Between Seattle and Tacoma." "Oh... so you must be right by the airport."  *sigh*

It probably didn't help that I also stopped reading the Federal Way Mirror.  While a small town weekly paper, it's got heart, it's informational and it makes one feel more connected to the town.  Without it, I'm left with what appears on MSNBC (never good) or the whinging on of our Home Owner's Association.  Not to mention the constant, constant elections where we just keep electing the same people over and over again despite the mess they make or don't clean up.

So, yeah, disillusioned.  If I look at the recent blog, it's just a collection of press releases.  All it ends up being is free publicity for the city.  Maybe someday they'll wake up and realize locking everything away in PDFs is dumb, but I won't hold my breath.

So, for now, this is going to go quiet.  I won't kill it yet, Google still delivers search traffic to it, but I don't see a future in blogging about Federal Way.  But then maybe I'm just late to leave the party as the Federal Way Blog, FederalWayan and the Federal Way Conservative all left the scene years ago.

I always thought that Federal Way aspired to be Tacoma's Bellevue or Seattle's southern Bellevue.  But to look at the politics, zoning and inaction, it does not seem to be the case.  Perhaps while I'm a.f.k. people will surprise me - maybe Symphony (or whatever it's called now) will actually get built and will set a precedent for building up, not out.  Maybe before I die light rail will connect Tacoma to Seattle through Federal Way.

But not sure how much of that you'll find here.  You'll probably need to go to FWM or TNT for that, they have the time, effort, resources, expertise and incentive to cover this city that I don't.

So, thanks for reading and take care.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lame Lame Lame

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This is just stupid.  Might as well just ask World Vision to seal off the north entrance.  With the Weyerhauser Way to Highway 18 closed indefinitely, you already ask Federal Way residents/employees to go way out of their way.  And now you make it even more complicate upon exit left and it looks like it'll be backed up in the mornings as well trying to enter the parking lot via the north entrance.   *sigh*

Plans for new roundabout (PDF)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Special City Council Meeting: Flooding

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Special City Council Meeting November 15

The City Council will hold a special informational meeting November 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Federal Way City Hall to learn about new flood maps that include parts of the city. King County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are developing new coastal flood hazard maps that include Federal Way marine shoreline areas.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Improvements coming to 312th. at SR509

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A new page on the Federal Way website details improvements to SW 312th. St. between 14th. Ave. SW and SR509.

This intent of this project is to increase safety and capacity of SW 312th Street and the intersection with SR 509 by the widening of SW 312th Street to three lanes with bike lanes within the project limits.  Work will include utility relocation, storm drainage, paving, curb, gutter, sidewalk, street lighting, traffic signal replacement, signing, channelization, and landscaping.
They expect design to be completed Spring 2012 and there's no information on funding yet.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

New Roundabout Coming to Weyerhaeuser

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Federal Way's website reports that a new roundabout is coming to Weyerhaeuser Way S. and S. 344th. Way.

This project would result in the construction of a two-lane roundabout at this intersection.  This project will include new storm drainage, paving, curb, gutter, sidewalk, street lighting, signing, channelization, and landscaping.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Press Release: Arts Alive comes to life at City Hall

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MEDIA CONTACT: Leah Fraine, Cultural Events Assistant, 253.835.6926

Arts Alive comes to life at City Hall

Artwork by thirteen local artists is on display now until January 4 at City Hall as part of the City’s annual Arts Alive juried art show. The exhibition is intended to highlight the work of local artists and provide an opportunity to display their works in a public setting.

The thirteen entries are being displayed in the City Hall gallery on the building’s second floor.

The gallery is open for viewing Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

All artists are local residents of Federal Way or neighboring communities. Additional artwork from the personal collections of the show’s judges Cathy Fields and Marshall Johnson will also be displayed.

Artist Tis Huberth was awarded the Judges Choice at the October 18 city council meeting for her piece "Intrigue." As the Judges' choice, Ms. Huberth wins $200 and the opportunity to have her own solo exhibit at City Hall in 2012.

The Commissioners’ Choice will be also awarded at the same council meeting. The winner of this award will receive $150.

Visitors to City Hall can cast their vote for the People's Choice award. The ballot box accompanies the display and will be open until early December. The People’s Choice winner will be awarded $100.

For more information contact Leah Fraine, Cultural Events and Arts Assistant at 253.835.6926 or


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Press Release: Energy efficiency is a growing trend in Federal Way

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MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Carrel, Communications and Grant Coordinator, 253.835.2411

Energy efficiency is a growing trend in Federal Way

City Hall costs less to heat – and uses less energy – thanks a 2010 federal grant funding energy efficiency improvements throughout the city. City operations and private businesses are already seeing results from a $777,000 federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant supporting energy efficiency retrofits.

One of the biggest projects from the grant was replacing City Hall’s aging HVAC system, which was completed May 23 of this year. In the first three months of operation, the new HVAC system saved 41,000 kilowatt-hours over the same 3-month period in 2010, and cost $3,975 less in heating costs.

The City has also identified a host of low-cost and no-cost energy conservation measures for City Hall that once implemented will save the City approximately 3-5% in energy consumption.

“We’ve focused this grant on projects that have a high bang for the buck,” said Bryant Enge, Administrative Services Director. “The projects have high conservation value, but also produce definitive cost reductions. In the current economic environment that is incredibly important.”

Public Works staff have used the grant to improve the efficiency in signal timing for S. 312th Street between 8th Ave. S. and 23rd Ave. S. The initial assessment shows a 22 percent reduction in overall travel time and delay due to the signal’s conversion. Public Works has converted 53 of the City’s 80 signals. A full analysis of the efficiencies gained over all the converted signals will be completed early next year.

The City dedicated $160,000 towards small business energy conservation retrofits and is working on completing 26 retrofit projects this year. Puget Sound Energy is partnering with the City to conduct post-project energy audits and to maximize rebates for the businesses.

Audits done to date show that small businesses have saved 147,564 kilowatt-hours and 6,528 therms from direct installation of 143 Compact Florescent Lamps (CFLs) and 95 faucet aerators.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Press Release: Mid-Biennium budget schedule announced

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October 12, 2011

Tho Kraus, Finance Director, 253.835.2520
Chris Carrel, Communications and Grant Coordinator, 253.835.2411 or 253.347.7057

Mid-Biennium budget schedule announced

The City Council has announced the public hearing and meetings schedule to consider the City of Federal Way’s 2011/2012 Mid-Biennial Budget Adjustment. The City of Federal Way operates on a two-year budget. State law requires a mid-biennial review and modification between eight and twelve months into the two-year period.

All meetings will be held at City Hall, 33325 – 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, Washington.

Citizen comments will be accepted at all budget meetings.


  • PUBLIC HEARING (required by RCW 35A.34) 2011/2012 Biennial Budget/Property Tax Rate

NOVEMBER 29 & 30, 2011 – SPECIAL MEETINGS – 6:00 PM (November 30th only if needed)

  • Public Hearing Continued
  • Council Study Session on Mid-Biennial Budget Adjustment


  • PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED – 2011/2012 Biennial Budget Adjustment
  • Introduction and Enactment Ordinance – 2011/2012 Mid-Biennial Budget Adjustment
  • Introduction and Enactment Ordinance – 2012 Property Tax Rate
  • Resolution/Fee Schedule 2012 Amendment

For more information please contact Tho Kraus, Finance Director at 253.835.2520 or

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Press Release: Twin Lakes Subarea Plan workshop announced

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October 17, 2011

Matt Herrera
Associate Planner

Twin Lakes Subarea Plan workshop announced

City Hall is hosting the second Twin Lakes Subarea plan public workshop Wednesday, October 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The City staff is drafting a subarea land use plan for the vicinity of SW Campus Drive and 21st Avenue SW (the Twin Lakes subarea) that will serve as a blueprint for future development and capital improvements in the area. Public participation is an essential component in developing plans that reflect the community’s goals and values.

The event begins with an informal open house at 6:00 p.m. followed by a workshop at 6:30 p.m. The workshop will include a presentation and visuals of citizen ideas generated through previous public input as well as small group sessions to discuss tools for accomplishing community goals for the subarea.

City Hall is located at 33325 8th Ave. S. The workshop will be held in Council Chambers on the building’s second floor.

For additional information, contact Matt Herrera, Associate Planner at 253.835.2638 or Additional information is available online at and at the virtual townhall at

Funding to undertake the Twin Lakes sub-area plan is made possible through the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant administered by Public Health – Seattle & King County. CPPW funds support policies that promote healthy and active lifestyles.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Press Release: Downtown redevelopment project reaches milestone

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MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Carrel, Communications and Grant Coordinator, 253.835.2411 or 253.347.7057

Downtown redevelopment project reaches milestone

In a unanimous vote, the Federal Way City Council approved the next step in the development of the former AMC Theater property downtown. The Council’s decision authorizes the Mayor to sign a purchase and sale agreement with Arcadd.

Once the signatures are executed, that will trigger a series of steps, such as an environmental assessment, that are necessary prior to closing the sale. If these are successfully completed, the parties anticipate the sale closing by January 6, 2012.

The City purchased the former AMC site in 2007 with the goal of stimulating downtown economic development. Arcadd responded to a May 2011 Request for Qualifications with a proposal for a $300 million mixed-use development that would include retail shops, restaurants and theaters, office and residential space and an exhibition hall.

In selling the property to the developer, the City will require a development agreement that outlines how the project will meet the Council’s goals for the site, including a mix of uses, requirements for public spaces, traffic and related issues. Project construction will be privately financed.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Press Release: Calling all artists for downtown sculpture park

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September 29, 2011

Alexa Heidrich, Planning Intern, 253.835.2622
Chris Carrel, Communications and Grant Coordinator, 253.835.2411 or 253.347.7057

Calling all artists for downtown sculpture park

Downtown Federal Way is going to get a new taste of art and culture with a planned sculpture park. The City of Federal Way’s Arts Commission and 4Culture are hosting a call for artists to provide sculptures to be installed on the vacant property adjacent the Transit Center.

“The sculpture park will infuse a cultural flavor to a mostly commercial area and encourage people to get out and walk around,” said Patrick Doherty, Community and Economic Development Director. “We also see this as an opportunity to showcase the work of local and regional artists.”

Doherty noted that the sculpture park will remain in place until such time as the vacant land is redeveloped. There are no current plans for the city-owned property. “Creating park and cultural amenities downtown are vital to the evolving downtown,” said Doherty.

Applications will be accepted through Friday October 28, 2011, and are available at or at 4Culture’s website at The Arts Commission will pick four to six sculptures for the site. The City will provide an honorarium of $250 for each artist. All media will be considered for this interim park as the Arts Commission seeks to create a place that showcases outdoor art installations and enables people to connect with their community and downtown.

The Federal Way Arts Commission is a group of dedicated volunteers appointed by the Federal Way City Council to guide the City’s various arts programs. The Arts Commission advises the City Council on all areas of the arts, including the fine arts, literary, performing and visual arts.

For more information about the Call for Artists or to request an application contact Alexa Heidrich, 253.835.2622 or


Monday, October 17, 2011

Press Release: Volunteers put wayward shopping carts in their place

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October 5, 2011

Cathy M. Schrock
Civilian Operations Manager

Volunteers put wayward shopping carts in their place

Federal Way retailers saved over $480,000 in assets from shopping carts returned by the Police Department’s volunteer Cart Recovery Team. The team’s five volunteers were recognized at Tuesday’s Council meeting for their contribution to keeping Federal Way beautiful.

“Our volunteers are picking up about 400 carts a month, preventing the eyesores that abandoned shopping carts are causing in other cities,” Commander Chris Norman told the Council during a report on the program’s first year.

The Police Department began the Cart Recovery Team program in September 2010 as an innovative approach to addressing abandoned shopping carts. The program is composed of five volunteers, who use a Police Department volunteer vehicle and a converted trailer to transport carts.

The Cart Recovery Team is Frank Gabreluk, Dan Goede, Mari Ikeda-Gomes, Lottie Kinney and John McLaren.

In its first year the team has returned 3,456 usable shopping carts to over forty Federal Way retailers, saving businesses an average of $140 per cart. In addition to the $438,840 in returned carts, the team has recycled 2,690 pounds of unusable carts for scrap metal. Citizens can report abandoned shoppings carts on the City’s cart hotline at 253.835.6774 or online at The City averages about 18 calls a month to the cart hotline. Team members also use Safe City cameras to identify abandoned carts.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Historically Inaccurate

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Thanks for nothing, Washington State History Museum.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Learn How to Prepare for Disasters at the Get Ready Expo

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September is National Preparedness Month and to celebrate Puget Sound Energy, the City of Federal Way and the local American Red Cross are partnering to present the Get Ready Expo September 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Commons mall to help families become better prepared for disasters. More info...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Press Release: Day camp solution for children affected by Tacoma teachers strike

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September 13, 2011

Gina Shaw
Recreation Coordinator

Chris Carrel
Communications and Grant Coordinator
253.835.2411 or 253.347.7057

Day camp solution for children affected by Tacoma teachers strike

Federal Way Parks and Recreation has a cure for Tacoma parents suffering day care headaches caused by the Tacoma teachers’ strike. The Federal Way Community Center will be offering camp on the days that Tacoma teachers are on strike.

Day camp is available between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and costs $45 per day. The Community Center’s experienced (and fun) camp staff will provide care all day and activities include swimming, rock climbing, gym games, arts and crafts and more! Bring a sack lunch, swimsuit and towel each day.

To register or for more information call 253.835.6924. Information about the Federal Way Community Center is available online at


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Press Release: The Rock and KZOK Calling All High School Bands

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Local Pizza Restaurant Hosts Competition to Award $20,500 to
Local High School Music Programs

SEATTLE (August 22, 2011) - The Rock, Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits, an award-winning gourmet pizza restaurant with a gritty rock-and-roll vibe, is excited to announce the fifth annual Schools of The Rock Battle of the Bands competition. The contest, in partnership with 102.5 KZOK, CBS Seattle and Xfinity, will award $20,500 through The Rock’s nonprofit Schools of The Rock Battle of the Bands program to local high school marching bands for their video renditions of classic rock-and-roll hits.

Over the past five years, The Rock has donated more than $65,000 in cash and prizes to local high school music programs. This year, the winning school’s band program will be awarded $10,000, second place will receive $2,500, third place will receive $1,000 and four runners up will each receive a pizza party. Three divisional winners will each also be awarded $1,000 for receiving the most text votes within their division, determined by school size. In addition, The Rock will award one school with a $1,000 Best Video award.

102.5 KZOK is contributing $2,500 to the Battle of the Bands prizes and Xfinity will be sponsoring all runners up pizza parties with a value of $750 each.

“We are bringing a friendly competition to our local high school music programs to inspire the next generation of rock legends and spread the timeless art of classic rock,” said Jay Gigandet, co-founder and CFO of The Rock.

“We created the Battle of the Bands nonprofit program so we can continue to support music in local schools for years to come,” added Don Bellis, co-founder and president of The Rock.

The four month-long Battle of the Bands competition invites local high school band programs from across Washington state and the Portland, Ore. area to participate in an online and on air contest to see which school’s performance can receive the most votes via text message.

The Battle of the Bands timeline is as follows:
September 1 – 30: Registration - High School band programs can register online at

October 31: Competition videos due - All video entries must be mailed in or uploaded online by October 31. For mailing address or upload website, visit

November 14 – December 2: Text voting - Participants can text in to vote for their favorite schools which will be featured on the School of The Rock website and Xfinity On Demand.

December 5: Top Ten announced - The top ten schools receiving the most votes will be announced on air and online.

December 12 – 14: Celebrity judges deliberate - A panel of celebrity judges will review the ten bands and rank them based on quality of musicianship, originality of arrangement and song choice, technical ability and overall performance.

December 17: Winner announced live at school - Winners will be crowned live at the school and join the ranks of previous winners Puyallup High school in 2009 and 2010, Liberty High School in 2008 and Shorecrest High School in 2007.

“This is our fifth year with the Schools of the Rock program. We are more and more impressed by the music produced by our local high school bands,” said Carey Curelop, program director for KZOK. “We think this will be our best year ever as we look for even more schools to participate.”

For more information about Battle of the Bands or to register, visit or call (253) 987-5479. Follow Battle of the Bands on Facebook at Follow The Rock on Facebook at and on Twitter at

About The Rock
The Rock, Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits first opened in 1995 as a gritty, local pizza joint in Tacoma, Wash. The unique atmosphere and gourmet pizza quickly gained recognition, leading to growth throughout the Northwest. The Rock currently operates 10 locations in Washington State and one location in Red Deer, Alberta Canada. Named America’s Number One Independently Owned Pizza Chain by Pizza Today magazine in 2008, The Rock has also been recognized as Best Pizza in KING 5 Evening Magazine’s “Best of Western Washington” in 2009 and 2010. For more information about The Rock, visit or call (253) 987-5479.

About 102.5 KZOK
102.5 KZOK is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States. A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 130 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets. CBS RADIO also owns and operates KMPS-FM, 1090-AM, and JACK-FM in Seattle. For more information on CBS RADIO, please visit

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Media Contacts:

Sarah Ducharme / Jessica Dawson (For The Rock)
Richmond Public Relations / (206) 682-6979 /

Holly Ableidinger (For 102.5 KZOK)
(206) 805-1204

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Press Release: Sand Sculpting Championship in Downtown Federal Way

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Sand sculptures are rising in downtown Federal Way at the World Championship of Sand Sculpting's Tournament of Champions. The event is being held at Hillside Plaza (the former Toys R Us/Target store) 31510 20th Ave. S. in Federal Way. This is the second year the sand sculpting championship has come to Federal Way and (More...)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Flickr: New WSDOT Photos

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New photos of the I5/SR18 construction have been posted to the WSDOT Flickr pool.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Press Release: Wild Waves Foster Kids End of Summer Splash

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Tanya Mahr, Assistant Account Executive, Revolution PR
206.227.4774 |

Wild Waves Foster Kids End of Summer Splash

Sleep Country USA is sending off the summer before it’s back-to-school with the Wild Waves Foster Kids End of Summer Splash. Sleep Country has again partnered with Wild Waves Theme Park to give 1,000 tickets to Washington foster families for free admission to Wild Waves Theme Park on Sunday, August 21st.

Wild Waves is also generously offering half-price admission on August 21st to anyone that brings a school supplies donation for Sleep Country USA’s school supply drive for foster kids. Please help us spread the word by adding this event to an upcoming community calendar.

Here are the details:

Event: Sleep Country USA’s Wild Waves End of Summer Splash
Date: Sunday, August 21st, 2011
Time: Wild Waves is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Wild Waves Theme Park is located at 36201 Enchanted Pkwy South in Federal Way, just off of I-5 98003
Details: This year, Sleep Country USA is giving away 1,000 tickets to foster families for free admission to Wild Waves. Bring a school supplies donation and receive half-off admission. Registration information for foster families is available at or by calling 1-888-88-SLEEP.

For more info please contact

Thanks for your support!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Federal Way's Crystal Palace

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The City of Federal Way has selected ARCADD, Inc. to begin feasibility of their latest efforts to develop the former AMC Theater parcel. (Read the city's press release (PDF).)

Here's their RFQ proposal for a site containing several 16-story towers, several 8-story towers and a four-story footprint (overtop of 2-levels of parking) covered by a undulating umbrella of covered glass (feels Chihuly-like) designed to evoke the idea of a seashell. Hard to understand if the curves of towers is just for concept or what they're actually proposing (doesn't seem to exactly match the overhead sketches.) Also, is the scale off when you compare the cars and people silhouettes?

(Can't see the embedded presentation? Click here for the PDF.)

The four-acre property:

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So... what do you think? The forum awaits your comments...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

CFW: Neighborhood stabilization effort to renew Westway

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Bryant Enge, Administrative Services Director. 253.835.2510
Brook Lindquist, Executive Assistant to City Council, 253.835.2401

Neighborhood stabilization effort to renew Westway

The Westway neighborhood has struggled during the housing crisis but the City of Federal Way is helping the neighborhood fight back. With the help of a $1.69 million federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant the City will purchase, restore and sell 14 foreclosed homes.

“The Neighborhood Stabilization Program gives us the tools to prevent foreclosed homes from dragging down the value of the surrounding neighborhood,” said Bryant Enge, Administrative Services Director. The City is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to purchase and repair the 14 homes with the intention of selling the refurbished houses to middle- and low-income buyers.

With a concentration of low-income housing, the Westway neighborhood has been particularly hard hit by the housing crisis and predatory lending practices. The grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development are intended to assist cities in keeping low-income neighborhoods affordable and livable.

“Having a large number of empty, deteriorating structures can start a downward spiral in a low-income neighborhood. That negatively affects surrounding neighborhoods and property values,” said Enge. “Turning around this many foreclosed homes will give the neighborhood positive momentum.”

As important as the federal grant is, city officials stress that the ambitious housing stabilization effort hinges on community participation. Habitat for Humanity plays a key role in the purchase, restoration and re-sale of the homes. Local volunteers, churches and community organizations will be needed to perform the renovation.

City officials also hope that community organizations can help spread the word about housing availability when the homes go back on the market. Northwest Church, AmeriCorps, and the Build The Bridge Coalition are a few of the community partners who are currently assisting the Westway community.

Habitat for Humanity will begin purchasing homes by early fall 2012 and renovation work is expected to begin shortly after. The City plans to have all 14 homes renovated and sold by March 2014.

Proceeds from home sales will be re-invested in further housing stabilization efforts, maximizing the positive impact of the federal grant. .

Volunteers interested in working with Habitat for Humanity on the housing renovation work can call 206.292.5240. For more information on the City’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant, contact Bryant Enge at 253.835.2510.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

CFW: Town hall goes virtual in Federal Way

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July 7, 2011

Margaret Clark, Senior Planner, 253.835. 2646
Chris Carrel, Communication & Grant Coordinator, 253.835.2411 or 253.347.7057

Town hall goes virtual in Federal Way

Got a great idea for Federal Way but can’t make the public meeting? There’s an app for that. The City of Federal Way is launching EngageFederalWay, a virtual town hall for interested community members to share practical, creative and resourceful ideas for improving the city.

“We live at a hectic pace and it’s not practical for everyone to attend community planning meetings, but public input is vital to a healthy public process,” said Margaret Clark, Principal Planner with the City of Federal Way. “We’re introducing Engage Federal Way to open up the public discussion and get more people involved.”

EngageFederalWay, at, is powered by MindMixer, an innovative web application that allows the public to generate ideas, help others evolve their ideas, and ultimately support their favorite ideas. Residents can log on and contribute ideas at a time, and place, that’s convenient.

The new virtual town hall forum will focus initially on the City’s efforts to develop a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and update the Twin Lakes Sub Area Plan.

Project ideas are being sought in the following areas:

• Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan: Favorite Places and Future Improvements
• Twin Lakes Sub Area Plan: Economic Development, Transportation, Land Use and Urban Design
• Healthy Eating/Active Living

“These discussions will establish a framework for future growth, what the Twin Lakes Sub Area looks like, where bike and pedestrian facilities are located,” said Matt Herrera, Associate Planner and Twin Lakes Subarea Project Manager. “We want as many people as possible involved in shaping that vision.” Herrera noted that residents can also get project and meeting information on the site.

Project ideas can be submitted on EngageFederalWay during the next several months. Users can submit as many ideas as they like. Users also have the opportunity to help others improve their ideas through discussion on the site. Ultimately, the virtual town hall community will identify the best ideas, which will be incorporated into the public planning process. .

For more information, contact Margaret Clark at or 253-835-2646.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

CFW: Summer Sounds concerts will Rock Parks and Recreation Month

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July 5, 2011

Cary Roe
Public Works and Parks Director

Chris Carrel
Communication and Grants Coordinator

Summer Sounds concerts will Rock Parks and Recreation Month

Federal Way’s Parks and Recreation Month got off to a bang with the July 4th Red, White & Blues Festival at Celebration Park. The action shifts to live music July 13th as the Summer Sounds at the Beach concert series rocks Steel Lake Park with free concerts. The Federal Way City Council has declared July Parks and Recreation Month in Federal Way, recognizing that parks and recreation “build healthy, active communities” and “are vitally important to maintaining community quality of life.”

Federal Way has six community parks and 23 neighborhood parks, along with the Federal Way Community Center and Dumas Bay Centre. The City’s recreation programs offer a range of activities, spanning youth day camps and senior trips, freestyle hip hop to gentle yoga, and a variety of sports leagues for kids and adults.

“Parks and recreation programs keep us active, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old, rich or poor, or your level of fitness” said Cary Roe, Public Works and Parks Director. “Our Parks and Recreation programs truly have something for everybody.”

The Summer Sounds concert series offers an immediate – and free – way to get in the swing of Parks and Recreation Month. The annual outdoor concert series showcases live music from Puget Sound-area bands and features an eclectic set of acts, from reggae and children’s music to classic rock and country. The concerts are held outdoors from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Wednesday evenings at Steel Lake Park. Admission is free.

Summer Sounds Concert Series Schedule

July 13th - 85th Street Big Band (Swing & Big Band Hits)

July 20th - Solbird (R&B & Motown)

July 27th - Shotgun Aces (Country)

Aug 3rd - Showbiz Kids & Teen Idols (Youth Performance Group)

Aug 10th - Little Big Man (Reggae)

Aug 17th - Dana Osborn Band (classic & pop rock) .

More information can be found at or by calling 253.835.6900. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be re-located to the Federal Way Community Center. Call in advance to confirm location.


Monday, July 11, 2011

CFW: Weatherization and repair grants available for Westway homes

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July 7, 2011

Bryant Enge
Administrative Services Director

Brook Lindquist
Executive Assistant to City Council

Weatherization and repair grants available for Westway homes

The City of Federal Way is encouraging eligible homeowners in the Westway neighborhood to apply for weatherization and home repair grants. A limited number of funds are available for low-income homeowners, and applications are currently being accepted.

Interested Westway homeowners can apply for major health and life safety repairs to homes, as well as weatherization and energy efficiency retrofits, or building preservation measures, including windows and siding.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Applicant must live within the Westway neighborhood and be the property’s legal owner
  • Household income must be at or below 80% of King County median income ($64,200 for a family of four)
  • Applicant must not have liquid assets exceeding $30,000

Funding for the Westway housing repair program comes from the City of Federal Way’s Community Development Block Grant allocation, a federally-funded community development program. Applications and renovation work are administered and completed by the King County Housing Repair Program and Habitat for Humanity.

To apply or for more information call Habitat for Humanity at 206.292.5240, ext. 118.


Saturday, July 9, 2011

FWM: Civic center moves forward in Federal Way

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FEDERAL WAY MIRROR -- Years in the making, the proposed civic center project for downtown Federal Way is in its due diligence phase. In a project update to city council members last Tuesday, Federal Way administrative services director Bryant Enge covered the work that’s been done to this point for the planned performing arts and civic center at the former Toys R Us site, 31510 20th Ave. S. (near the Federal Way Transit Center). More...

Friday, July 8, 2011

FWM: Another Setback for Northshore Development

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FEDERAL WAY MIRROR -- The proposed 860-home Point at Northshore development suffered another big setback last week when a Pierce County Superior Court judge affirmed a City of Tacoma decision denying permits. Judge Katherine Stolz made the ruling on July 1 regarding the controversial project, which would include 366 houses and 494 townhomes on the current fairways and greens on the 116-acre Northshore Golf Course in Northeast Tacoma, bordering Federal Way. More...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Improving FW Traffic

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If you've got a smart phone, check out Waze - it's an app you install that can give you turn-by-turn directions, but even more than that, if you start it up when you get in the car and drive around, it passively monitors where you are and how fast you're going. Slowdowns and traffic are reported without you having to lift a finger, helping others avoid trouble spots. (One of those "the more people who use it the better it gets" type of deals.) You can also report specific problems such as construction or traffic accidents.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

More lanes coming to busy I-5 interchange in Federal Way

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WSDOT / FEDERAL WAY -- Three lanes will soon become five at the southbound Interstate 5 off-ramp to South 320th Street in Federal Way. Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the city of Federal Way will begin construction this week on a project to widen the ramp and make other safety improvements. More than 15,000 vehicles use this ramp each weekday.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

City gives additional $25k for sand sculpting event

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After 20 years in British Columbia, Federal Way lured the World Championship of Sand Sculpting to Federal Way for 2010.

It was held in an abandoned parking lot, attracted just under 20k, far short of the 60k that typically visited it in B.C. and below the 38k needed to break even and suffered due to rain.

The event coordinators (Federal Way Community Council) ended $50k in debt and two anonymous donors covered the losses.

It may not be held in Federal Way this year, but *another* sand sculpting event will be, put together by the same event group. The city had already pledged $28k to this new event and is now offering up another $25k.

The city does hope to have a more Bumbershoot feel with food and other events in conjunction with the event and make it more of a destination. Hopefully they will have more reasonable goals about attendance -- it probably took time (20 years?) to get up to 60,000 in regular attendance.

The event co-coordinator is the publisher of The Federal Way Mirror. Take what you want from that.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Federal Way “Reviewing Legal Options” for ST2

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SEATTLE TRANSIT BLOG -- Federal Way’s city council has passed a resolution urging Sound Transit to build light rail all the way to the city rather than curtailing the line due to budgetary constraints brought on by the recession. Federal Way representatives will be at a Sound Transit board meeting later today to discuss the resolution. More...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Notice: Public Hearing to Consider the Moratorium on Cannabis-Related Business

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN for the following Federal Way City Council Public Hearing to be held:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
7:00 PM (during the regularly-scheduled City Council meeting)

City Hall Council Chambers
33325 Eighth Avenue South; Federal Way, Washington

PUBLIC HEARING to consider the Moratorium on Cannabis-Related Businesses.
DATED April 21, 2011
Carol McNeilly, CMC
City Clerk

E-SUBSCRIBED: April 26, 2011 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

RELEASE: City hosts free disaster preparedness presentation on April 21

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Following a region wide emergency or disaster, it may take well beyond a week or more before services and supplies return to some sense of normalcy. Some emergencies could require people to shelter in place or to evacuate. This presentation will provide information on both of these emergency actions and what they involve.

The City of Federal Way Emergency Management Division will help prepare you in the best techniques to create a shelter in place and an evacuation plan, from 6:30 to 8 PM on April 21 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S.

Topics include:

  • Shelter in Place. The presentation will explain what sheltering in place means and what type of emergencies would require sheltering in place. The presentation will also cover special supplies to have on hand and actions needed to be taken when sheltering in place.  
  • Evacuations. The presentation will cover the types of emergencies that may require evacuations, along with items to consider when creating a family emergency evacuation plan and supplies to take. 

Presentation is free but registration is required and will be accepted up to April 21st. To register or for more information, contact Ray Gross,, 253-835-2712.



MEDIA CONTACTS: Ray Gross, CEM; Deputy Emergency Manager -- 253-835-2712 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

RELEASE: Residents bring 75 tons of recyclables to city event

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Federal Way’s March 19th recycling event caught residents in a spring cleaning mood. More than 1,100 residents came to the Twin Lakes Park & Ride to drop off more than 167,000 pounds of recyclable and reusable materials at the City-sponsored event. That’s more than 75 metric tons of material, about the same weight as five school buses.

Federal Way’s Solid Waste & Recycling Division hosts the free recycling events each spring and fall to make recycling easier for many items either not collected at the curb or banned from disposal. Residents brought appliances, wood, mattresses, tires, electronics, Styrofoam blocks, used motor oil, antifreeze, batteries, fluorescent tubes and more.

“The tremendous turnout from residents shows there’s a real need for this service.” said Jeanette Brizendine, event coordinator and Recycling Project Manager for the City. “The volunteers and staff who work these events are happy to provide ‘one-stop recycling’ for all these unwanted items.”

The next recycling event will be held Saturday, September 17, 2011, between 9 AM and 3 PM, at the Twin Lakes Park & Ride (21st Avenue Southwest and Southwest 344th Street).

Please visit for more recycling information.


April 6, 2011

Jeanette Brizendine
Recycling Project Manager

Chris Carrel
Communications & Grant Coordinator
253.835.2411 or 253.347.7057

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

RELEASE: First community bike ride set to hit the streets

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Federal Way’s cycling enthusiasts and the Police Department’s Bike Squad are teaming up for the city’s first ever Community Bike Ride. The April 17 event is open to all interested cyclists and is designed to promote awareness of safe cycling in the city.

“Encouraging cycling in the city is all about finding a comfort level,” said Doug Nelson, Federal Way Community Center Supervisor, a daily bicycle commuter himself. “The Community Bike Ride is an opportunity for cyclists of all ages and ability levels to come together and discover safe routes and interesting destinations.”

Riders will gather at the Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St. on Sunday April 17th at 10 AM. The group will travel an 8.2 mile route, covering the BPA Trail and safe city streets and including a scheduled break at the Fred Meyer Shopping Center in Twin Lakes. Members of the Police Department’s Bike Squad will help lead the Community Bike Ride.

This will be a fun, casual ride with groups divided by pace into slow, medium and fast groups. The ride is intended for all ages, though children under age 15 should be accompanied by parents. All participants must wear a helmet and sign a release form on the day of the event.

For more information contact Doug Nelson at or 253-835-6930.


April 6, 2011

Doug Nelson
Community Center Supervisor

Chris Carrel
Communication & Grant Coordinator
253-835-2411 or 253-347-7057

Monday, April 11, 2011

Press Release: BECU Offers Identity Theft Protection Tips and Document Shredding Event

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In Brief:

The BECU Shredding and Electronics Recycling Event: Residents can bring up to three grocery bags or three banker’s boxes of sensitive information to be shredded. They can also bring unwanted computers, laptops, monitors, TVs or cell phones all to be recycled for free.

When: Saturday, April 16th from 10 AM-1 PM
Where: BECU Federal Way Pavilion parking lot, 31411 Pacific Hwy S.

Full Release:

More than nine million Americans fall victim to identity theft each year. Aside from the violation of privacy and inconvenience, identity theft is becoming more expensive for consumers and financial institutions. According to a recent study, the average out-of-pocket cost to an identity theft victim in 2010 was $631, and total losses were estimated at $37 billion.

To help prevent identity theft in the Puget Sound area, BECU, Washington’s largest credit union, is declaring April Identity Theft Awareness month to educate residents about steps they can take to protect themselves. BECU is providing tips to residents and hosting free paper shredding and electronic recycle events at several BECU locations around the Puget Sound area. At these events, residents can shred their sensitive documents for free, recycle unwanted electronics and get information on what they can do to help protect themselves against identity theft.

"Identity theft can hit any of us," said Ken Kinloch, Information Protection Officer at BECU. "When it comes to identity theft, preventive measures are the most important. By sharing knowledge, tips, and information we hope to empower our members and all Puget Sound residents to take steps to help protect themselves from identity theft."

The recent study, conducted by Javelin Strategy & Research also noted that while cases of identity theft have fallen 28 percent since 2009, the costs to victims have skyrocketed. "BECU invites the entire community to learn a few simple steps to keep their identity safe," continued Kinloch. "It takes a huge amount of time and hassle to untangle identity theft. We want to arm our members with the best information and resources to protect themselves. That’s why we are hosting paper shredding and computer recycling events."

Tips to help prevent identity theft include:

  • Monitor current available bank and credit card account balances at least weekly, via online, mobile, ATM, or touch-tone banking -- check for discrepancies or unauthorized charges.
  • Don't publish your birth date, mother's maiden name, pet's name or other identifying and personal information on social media websites.
  • Use unique and hard-to-guess passwords, including the password for your wireless Internet connection, and don't access secure Web sites using public Wi-Fi connections.
  • When your Social Security number is requested as an identifier in paper documents, ask if you can provide alternate information.
  • Request electronic statements, use direct deposit, and don't put checks in an unlocked mailbox.

At the BECU shredding and electronics recycling events, residents can bring up to three grocery bags or three banker’s boxes of sensitive information to be shredded. They can also bring unwanted computers, laptops, monitors, TVs or cell phones all to be recycled for free.


  • Saturday, April 16th from 10 AM-1 PM


  • BECU Federal Way Pavilion parking lot, 31411 Pacific Hwy S.
  • BECU Tukwila Financial Center parking lot, 12770 Gateway Dr.
  • BECU Everett Financial Center parking lot, 11127 Evergreen Way S.

The event will include onsite secured shredding provided by Iron Mountain, a professional document destruction company, electronic recycling by E-waste and an information center to answer questions and provide additional tips. Additional details can be found at:

For more information about preventing identity theft, go to or

About BECU
Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, BECU is a not-for-profit credit union owned by the members. Profits are returned to the members in the form of better rates and fewer fees. With more than 680,000 members and more than $9 billion in assets, BECU is the largest credit union in Washington and one of the top five financial cooperatives in the coun-try. BECU currently operates over 45 locations in the Puget Sound region. All Washington state residents and students attending Washington colleges and universities are eligible to join.


Bryan Cohen, Colehour + Cohen
206-262-0363 x 101

April 4, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

2011 Federal Way Police Department Citizen Survey

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From the survey:

We are committed to assessing the quality of the services you receive from the Federal Way Police Department. Our last survey of the community was in 2008. We review all comments with an objective view and have implemented several suggestions to improve our service and meet the needs of the community. The Federal Way Police Department received feedback in 2008, about abandoned shopping carts around the city. In the latter part of 2010, the police department launched the Shopping Cart Recovery program staffed by police volunteers. The need for bicycle officers in the downtown core was mentioned several times in our 2008 survey. In 2009, we created our Special Operations Unit, which is a bicycle unit that patrols the downtown core. The implementation of this unit has led to a decrease in crime and increased the safety of patrons and businesses in the downtown core.
Click here to take the survey.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Presentation Tomorrow: Adventures with the giant panda of China

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The Federal Way Arts Commission is proud to host "Adventures with the Giant Panda of China,"
at the Knutzen Family Theatre, Sunday, April 10th

The presentation, by local artist Becci Crowe, deals with the plight of Chinese pandas and features behind-the-scenes film footage from Becci's experiences in China working save the species from extinction. The program begins at two PM.

A strong advocate for wildlife conservation and the preservation of world cultures, Becci presents programs on her travel, art, and wildlife experiences from around the world. Her presentation includes video and photos, and will engage and entertain audiences of all ages.  

Tickets are $10 and are available from Centerstage by calling 253-661-1444 or online at  Tickets will also be available at the door. Children 17 and under will be admitted free. A reception with Becci and an exhibit of her art will follow the program.

Specializing in wildlife and tribal portrait art, Becci's desire to study her subjects in their natural world has led to adventurous travel across six continents and more than 40 countries around the world including Antarctica, China, Borneo, Zimbabwe, and Namibia among many others.

As an artist, Becci’s explorations provide a wealth of knowledge for her work. Her dramatic art images are created with pen & ink. Favoring a technique called Pointillism, her originals involve creating an image on paper literally dot by dot. The details require thousands of points, laid in one dot at a time, and take weeks to complete. Her subjects include not only wildlife, but tribal cultures including the Maasai and San Bushmen from Africa. Examples of her work can be viewed at


April 6, 2011     

Leah Fraine 
Cultural Events & Arts Assistant 

Notice: Only one month left to benefit from City’s utility tax rebate program

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There’s only one month left for low-income disabled persons and low-income senior citizens to apply for a utility tax rebate from the City of Federal Way. Applications are due April 30.

The rebate program, in existence since 2003, covers the City utility tax portion (7.75%) on gas, electricity, telephone, cell phones, pagers, garbage/recycling, and cable TV charges. This year, rebates are averaging approximately $125. Actual amounts vary depending on utility consumption. Taxes on wastewater/water charges, prepaid cell phones, and third party billers are not eligible.

“What’s not to like about this program?” asked City Administrative Services Director Bryant Enge. “You round up your utility bills, fill out a short form and get your utility tax dollars back. This simple program really makes a difference,” he said.


Applicants must live within city limits and meet the federal government’s maximum allowable income limits: $30,000 for a one-person household, $34,250 for two, $38,550 for three, and $42,800 for four-person families. Required documents include a tax return or bank statements, and customer utility bills.

Low-income seniors must be 65 or older. Low-income disabled persons must establish disability status for all or part of 2010 by providing one of the following: proof of Social Security disability income, proof of supplemental security income or a physician’s disability certificate.

Applications are available for download at by clicking on the ”Utility Tax Rebate Program” link at the top right corner of the homepage; for pickup at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S.; or can be easily mailed. For more information or to receive an application, contact Brook Lindquist at 253.835.2401.



March 29, 2011

Brook Lindquist
Executive Assistant to the City Council

Chris Carrel
Communication & Grant Coordinator

Friday, April 8, 2011

Meeting Tomorrow: Sea-Tac Airport Noise Study Open House

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Part 150 Noise Study Open House
April 9 at Sea-Tac Airport’s Arrivals Hall

The fourth in a series of public events for Sea-Tac Airport’s Part 150 Noise Study will be April 9 at Sea-Tac Airport’s Arrivals Hall. The Part 150 Study is looking at ways to reduce aircraft noise impacts on communities around Sea-Tac Airport. Drop by anytime between... continued.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Release - Community Enhancement Grants awarded

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The Federal Way Human Services Commission today announced recipients of the new Community Enhancement Grants. The small grants pilot program awarded funds to twenty organizations supporting education, seniors and underserved populations.

The goal of the new program is to leverage small amounts of funding to make significant differences in the community. The pilot program will provide scholarship money for disadvantaged children to attend music, theater and recreational camps this summer. Enterprise Elementary will use their award to build a greenhouse for their community garden.

Grants will also fund the purchase of a telephonic screening tool for teen services at the crisis Clinic and a language translation tablet to help children with limited English skills learn the English language. Funded organizations include Kikaha, Birth to Three, Kinship, Centerstage Theatre, and the Federal Way Symphony, among others.

The Commission received twenty-six applications which were reviewed according to program guidelines, and assessed for clear objectives and level of community impact, among other criteria. The twenty grants ranged from a low of $250 to the maximum $1,500. A total of $20,000 was available to support the pilot program this year.

The Community Enhancement Grants are intended to make a significant difference in the lives of individuals and families, particularly for disadvantaged sectors of the community. The pilot program successfully attracted new groups that historically haven’t accessed city services.


April 1, 2011

Lynnette Hynden
Human Services Manager

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Uncovering Federal Way’s best kept secret

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Dumas Bay Centre has been called Federal Way’s best kept secret. City officials, however, are not content to keep the conference and retreat center under wraps. With a new website and the facility’s first marketing plan, the city hopes to introduce Dumas Bay to a wider audience.

“The Dumas Bay Centre offers unique experiences at an economical value, whether you’re planning a wedding or booking a business retreat,” said Public Works and Parks Director Cary Roe. “There is a real need, though, to let people know about the facility and its spectacular setting just 15 minutes from I-5.”

Set on 12 acres with unobstructed views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, the Centre is available year-round for conferences, meetings, banquets, weddings and more. The Centre’s executive chef creates delicious, healthy meals for on-site catering and for overnight guests in the facility’s 67 bedrooms.

“Our guests often rave about their stays here, including the view of Puget Sound and the food, and we have a lot of repeat customers” said Rob Ettinger, Conference Coordinator. “We’re confident that when people try Dumas Bay Centre, they’ll want to keep coming back.”

In an effort to reach those new visitors, the City this week launched a website at, featuring a photo tour, some of Chef Rob’s recipes, and a wealth of facility information. The city has placed ads at and will be mailing 5,000 flyers to wedding planners, meeting planners, businesses and churches.

The marketing effort, which will cost the city $70,000, is an investment in creating a sustainable business model for the Centre. The city’s goals are to increase site rentals ten percent, add up to two anchor clients, and book an additional ten weddings or other similar events.

Those goals are reasonable, according to Roe who notes the facility had more than 5,000 guests in 2010. “We had one of our busiest years during a very down year for the economy,” he said. “We’re confident we can build on that success, using the new website and other materials to promote what is currently a hidden treasure.”

The Dumas Bay Centre served as a Catholic convent since the 1950s until it was purchased by the City Of Federal Way in 1993. The Knutzen Family Theatre is located onsite and hosts professional theater performances by Centerstage. The Centre’s grounds are a public park and include beach access to Puget Sound.


March 16, 2011     

Cary Roe 
Public Works and Parks Director 
Rob Ettinger 
Dumas Bay Centre Conference Coordinator 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Three Meetings Tonight

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-1- City Council special meeting to discuss AMC property redevelopment 

On April 5th, the Federal Way City Council will hold a special Council meeting at 5:30 PM to
discuss a process for soliciting development firms and proposals for redevelopment of the former
AMC Theater site downtown. The public is encouraged to attend the public meeting and provide
comments to the Council.

-2- Federal Way 320th. Library Renovation Presentation

Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-8 pm.  Review and offer input the current design for the expanded and renovated Federal Way 320th. Libary as presented by the architectural team from SRG Partnership.

-3- Regularly Scheduled City Council Meeting

The regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held at 7 PM, following the Special Meeting. Regular Council meetings are open to public comment at the beginning of the meeting agenda. Individuals interested in providing public comment need to fill out a public comment sheet and provide it to the city clerk before the meeting begins. Each citizen comment is limited to three minutes maximum.  City Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Federal Way City Hall at 33325, 8th Ave S., Federal Way. Council Meetings are broadcast live on Federal Way TV21, shown on Comcast channel 21. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Meeting Tomorrow: 2011 Comprehensive Plan Amendments

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN for the following Federal Way City Council Public Hearing to be held:
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

7:00 PM (to be held during the regularly-scheduled City Council meeting)

City Hall Council Chambers
33325 Eighth Avenue South; Federal Way, Washington

PUBLIC HEARING to consider the 2011 Comprehensive Plan Amendments
Selection Process.

DATED this 22nd day of March 2011.
Krystal Roe
Deputy City Clerk

POSTED AT CITY HALL & WEB: March 22, 2011
k:\clerk\public notice\2011\4-5-11 comp plan amendments.doc

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Notice of Environmental Determination of Nonsignificance: Rivera Office Building

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Proposal to construct a 19,960 square-foot medical office building on a vacant lot at approximately 1600 S. 30th. St.

See the entire document (PDF).

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mount Baker Station Area Redevelopment Contest

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To the north, the new Mount Baker LINK Light Rail Station has caused the owners of the property immediately around it to wonder - could this space be better used (and make them more money)? Enter an annual contest - the "Urban Land Institute / Gerald D. Hines 2011 Student Urban Design Competition"

The roughly $80k investment attracted many entries on how the space might be re-used, complete with phasing. To be sure, there are some assumptions and constraints, but it's within constraints that you usually get the most creativity, not the blank slate. I wonder if it's time for Federal Way to take a more active role in the AMC property, versus leaving it to whoever they can sell it to to determine how the space will be used.

Perhaps important questions about mobility and access should be determined in advance... will roads intersect the space? What does its borders look like? Do we want people to live there? Shop there? Work there? How do they get to and from the space? How does it tie into the existing city core? Does it signal a new core? Does it signal a desired change and future direction for the existing core?

Should existing large landowners like Andrew Cratzenberg or Steadfast (Commons) be consulted or included in the conversation? Are we just building out, piece-meal, or are we building a new vision for downtown Federal Way?

Could the city receive some great options through the relatively small investment of a design competition, assisted by a group like ULI to make sure quality participation?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Left Out

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Next year, Federal Way plans to overhaul the 21st/336th intersection in a major way: eliminate signalized left turns.  According to the project page, FW plans to introduce a first for Washington state - the "Median U-Turn" or "Michigan Left."

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Monday, March 21, 2011

RELEASE: City accepting applications for spring tourism enhancement grants

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Not-for-profit organizations planning to hold an event that will increase tourism and overnight stays in Federal Way can get a little financial help from the City of Federal Way. Applications for the City’s tourism enhancement grant (TEG) program are due March 31st.

Applicants will be invited to a committee review in April, and grants will be awarded by June. TEG supports the promotion of cultural, arts, sports, and community events that will occur in the Federal Way area. This is the first of two rounds of grants during 2011, with approximately $40,000 available for this year. There is no cap on individual grant requests. Funds will be awarded based on the following:

  • Eligible organizations: Non-profit 501(c) organizations, or municipal organizations of the State of Washington that plan, sponsor, or host eligible events. 
  • Eligible events: Amateur sporting, arts/cultural events, membership meetings, trainings, and conferences, or other events that will bring participants to Federal Way. 
  • Eligible costs: Grants can be used for securing, marketing, promoting, and advertising eligible events. Grants cannot cover entry fees, travel, salaries, material items, facility upgrades, capital campaigns, or operating expenses. 

Organizations and events that were funded in the fall cycle of 2010 include Federal Way Symphony’s Season Finales; CenterStage Theatre’s production of “Sleeping Beauty”, Flying AJ’s Track Club Hershey’s State Track Meet; and the Pacific Northwest Association of Synchronized Swimming’s 2011 eSynchro Age Group Championships.

Download an application by visiting and clicking on the “2011 Tourism Enhancement Grant Packet” near the bottom of the page. Applications also are available at Federal Way City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South by contacting Administrative Assistant II Tina Piety, at 253.835-2601, or

The TEG review committee will meet in April at City Hall. Confirmation letters will be sent assigning time slots for the committee’s review and discussion of applications, and the city recommends that each organization send a representative to the meeting.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2011

MEDIA CONTACT:  Tina Piety; Administrative Assistant II -- 253.835.2601 or  

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Borders Closures: Now ON the list

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An updated closure list from Borders has the Federal Way Crossings Borders closing in late May 2011.

So... what should take its place?  Post your comments below.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Recycling Event

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Tomorrow - Saturday, March 19 - 9 am-3 pm.  See the flyer (PDF) for more details.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Federal Way unveils pedestrian safety pilot program

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March 10, 2011

Brian Wilson
Police Chief

Cary Roe
Public Works and Parks Director

Federal Way unveils pedestrian safety pilot program

Can signs and reflectors increase pedestrian safety at busy intersections? The City Of Federal Way is set to find out with a pilot program “Stop Here on Red” reminding drivers to make complete stops at red light right-hand turns.

“We know that our busiest intersections carry an increased risk for pedestrians,” said Police Chief Brian Wilson. Between 2002 and 2008, there were 290 accidents in the city involving cars striking pedestrians. Six of those resulted in fatalities. “We’re hoping that by reminding drivers they need to make a full stop and look first, we can make our streets safer for pedestrians.”

Public Works crews began installing the first of several “Stop Here on Red” signs on Pacific Highway at S. 324th and S. 316th Thursday morning. The signs point to the stop line, where drivers are supposed to make a full stop on red lights, and check for pedestrians before proceeding with a right-hand turn.

Additional signs will be installed at Pacific Highway intersections at S. 312th and S. 320th, as well as at S. 348th and Enchanted Parkway. Crews will also install reflective raised pavement markers at several intersections to further highlight the stop line. The pavement marker installation is dependent on weather conditions. The total cost for installing the signs and markers will be approximately $9,000.

“Changing driver behavior at right-hand turns is one of the most important things we can do to make our crosswalks safer,” said Public Works and Parks Director Cary Roe. “We think this could be a relatively inexpensive investment that will save lives and prevent serious injury.”

City staff will evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot program for six months. Based on the results, city officials will consider expanding the pilot program to other busy intersections.



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