BREAKING NEWS: Burien Town Square Could Be Getting A 10-Screen Cinema Complex
Burien could get a cinema complex at Town Square after all.
And, city Economic Development Director Dick Loman said Friday (Oct. 2nd), if a new proposal becomes reality, it will fill an entertainment gap in downtown Burien.
When the planning of Town Square was underway several years ago, both city officials and Urban Partners, the projectâ€™s private developer, anticipated that a multi-screen cinema would be part of it.
In the end, however, no deal with a movie-theater chain was reached and development of Town Square proceeded without one.
Now the city has received a â€œvery preliminaryâ€ proposal for a 10-screen cinema complex that would be built as part of the next phase of Town Square, according to Loman.
City Manager Mike Martin added, â€œThis is a serious proposal and weâ€™re treating it that way. We view this as a potentially important development.â€
Loman noted that Urban Partnersâ€™ current agreement with the city specifies that Phase II of the private development, which is planned for this site, is to be similar to the Phase I condominium-and-retail complex at the corner of SW 152nd and 6th Ave. SW that opened in June.
This means that a neighboring multi-storied complex, also with condos built above street-level retail space, would be immediately north of the Phase I development â€“ which remains largely unoccupied.
Yet, Loman said, the housing market, including sales of condos, remains sluggish and shows no sign of rebounding soon. And Urban Partners is obligated by its agreement with the city to begin development of Phase II no later than two years after the certification (in July) of Phase I.
With the emergence of the proposal for a cinema complex as part of Phase II â€“ should Burien lawmakers eventually agree to changing their agreement and give it a green light â€“ both Urban Partners and the city could realize a positive solution to the current economic-development dilemma.
Loman said the movie-theater chain, which has not been identified at this point, wants to build a 10-screen cinema as the major development as part of Town Squareâ€™s Phase II. It would also include retail space, but no housing.
â€œWe are studying this proposal very carefully, and we have asked Urban Partners and [the theater chain] for additional information,â€ he added. â€œWeâ€™re very pleased this opportunity is coming our way.â€
Martin said, â€œThis deal is in its infancy with more details to follow. There is a lot of work to be done. Obviously the council has made no decision yet.â€
No determination has been made for what the third and final phase of Town Square development â€“ at the corner of SW 152nd St. and 4th Ave. SW where the old city hall building is located â€“ will include.
If built, the cinema complex would be located south of SW 150th Street, between 5th Place SW and 6th Ave. SW, in the vacant parcel currently occupied by the Burien Interim Art Space, which is slated to be cleared by Dec. 31st of this year.