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Performing Arts and Event Center
The City plans to build a Performing Arts and Event Center (PAEC) in the downtown core.  The PAEC will accommodate conferences, seminars, events, nonprofit and community meetings.  
The Performing Arts and Event Center will provide a much-needed community cultural venue to accommodate the increasing number of community cultural events that currently must seek venues outside the city for most performances. The project will also catalyze redevelopment of the City Center and implement the City’s Comprehensive Plan vision for the City Center to develop into one of the key urban centers in the I-5 corridor, providing substantial growth in family wage jobs, housing and destinations in close proximity to the Federal Way Transit Center.

The City Council has currently authorized just the schematic design phase, which includes detailed designs and a pro forma operations analysis. For information about the fundraising campaign, visit

Mayor's Blue Ribbon Panel
Mayor Ferrell has assembled nine local experts in banking and finance, performing arts, hospitality and related areas to review the performing arts and conference center and report findings to the City Council. On May 8, 2014, the Panel presented its report and findings of fact to the City Council in a special study session.

Blue Ribbon Panel Report
May 8, 2014 - Blue Ribbon Panel issues findings (press release)
January 9, 2014 - Mayor seeks experts for panel (press release)
February 5, 2014 - Blue Ribbon Panel members announced (press release)

Schematic Design Phase Presentations
The following information was presented to the City Council at the September 5, 2013 special meeting.
Performing Arts and Events Center Update (Staff and Lorax Partners)

Additional information was presented at the September 17, 2013 regular Council meeting
PAEC Presentation by Patrick Doherty and Lorax
Responses to questions from September 5 Council Meeting
Revised PAEC Pro Forma Operating Budget
Demographics comparisons between Federal Way and Edmonds primary market areas
100% Schematic Design Construction Estimate
Potential Use of Future CDBG Funds
Potential Lodging Tax Funding Uses for the PAEC
Arts and Culture Economic Vitality Article

Video of these meetings is available at select the icon in the "audio/video" column for the September 5 City Council Special Meeting and the September 17 regular City Council meeting.

Performing Arts & Events Center-Related Reports
Preliminary Funding Plan (from presentations to City Council, March 19, 2013)
2011 Webb Report
2009 Webb Report
1996 memo from Mayor Priest to Council on Downtown Development

Performing Arts & Event Center NEPA Environmental Assessment
Environmental Assessment Determination & Compliance
Environmental Analysis Forms
Environmental Assessment Factors
PAEC Vicinity Maps
Determination of Exemption for Design Costs

Performing Arts & Event Center Preliminary Bid Results
PAEC Prelim Bid Results