Council to review previous Community Center plans at Monday session

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by Scott Schaefer

The Burien City Council will review a presentation at its Monday, Feb. 24, Study Session about previous plans – last reviewed in 2008 – for a new Burien Community Center that were put on hold due to the economy.

The public is welcome to attend the presentation, which starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

It appears that this new construction would replace the “old” community center – now known as The Burien Annex (recently hit by an arson fire) – at the intersection of SW 144th and 4th Ave SW.

Mentioned as “model” examples in the plan are facilities in Lynnwood, Tukwila, Federal Way, Renton, Bellingham and Vancouver WA.

This “old but new” plan includes several new features like a “Leisure Pool” – many of which are not found in the current Community Center (at 14700 6th Ave SW):

  • Entry Hall/Reception
  • Lobby/Lounge
  • Juice Bar/Deli
  • A Place for Teens
  • Entertainment/Game Area
  • Pre-School/Childwatch
  • Visiting Services (health, legal, tax advice etc.)
  • Multi-Purpose Classroom
  • Arts Classroom
  • Fitness, Dance & Exercise Rooms
  • Aerobics/Dance Studio
  • Cardiovascular/Weight Room
  • Meeting/Birthday Party Rooms
  • Leisure Pool
  • Spa
  • Locker Rooms
  • Family Change Rooms
  • Indoor Walk/Jog Track
  • Multi-Use Gymnasium
  • Sprayground
  • Multipurpose Hall
  • Multi-Cultural/Community Room
  • Caterer’s/Teaching Kitchen
  • Adult/Senior Lounge

While the proposed Multipurpose Hall may be able to accommodate it, one feature we found missing from this proposal was a Theater. In fact, a search for the word “theater” showed no results in this presentation.

Cost estimates run from $35 to $44 million dollars to build an entirely new facility, which would likely be funded by a bond or an increase in property taxes.

Here’s the presentation, which can also be viewed and downloaded here:

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4 Responses to “Council to review previous Community Center plans at Monday session”
  1. TcB says:

    We voted to do this once. Let’s do it again.

  2. brendan says:

    Lets add an outdoor off leash area for dogs on the property. With Burien’s downtown denisty increasing with the addition of two huge new apartment buildings, people need a place, within walking distance of downtown, to let their dogs off leash.

  3. Eaton B. Verz says:

    A worthwhile project. The longer we wait the more it will cost.

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