Aug 26, 2007

skyscrapers in Federal Way?!

Long before he became a corporate knee-slap generator, John Keister would sometimes close the late great show Almost Live! by saying, "And if you can find downtown Federal Way, please let us know."

It's been over a decade, and still no downtown.

Until now?
Federal Way is planning to create a 4-acre urban village downtown, with residential towers up to 24 stories tall. The city is negotiating with United Properties, of Vancouver, B.C., which has proposed the $300 million project, a 1-acre park surrounded by a mix of residential, retail and office space.

The towers would be a stark departure from what other cities in South King County have done to draw more people downtown. The tallest buildings at Kent Station, a mix of retail and, eventually, residential, will be four stories, though the city hasn't imposed a height limit downtown. Burien's Town Square will limit its residential buildings to seven stories.

United Properties President Victor Setton said going vertical allows more space for a park — the first of any size in downtown Federal Way. And then, of course, height adds the value of views. The towers are expected to rise between 16 and 24 stories high, dominating the city's skyline.
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

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