The site for the project is the result of several years of intense work by Mercer Island residents, along with members of City Council and City staff, to find a replacement venue for Youth Theatre Northwest. While numerous options were reviewed, all others had insurmountable barriers. It was also apparent that an arts center at Mercerdale Park would contribute to the vision for a vibrant Town Center. At the end of the site selection process the City Council decided that the recycle center at Mercerdale was, and is, the optimal site. This decision was confirmed by memorandum of understanding signed by MICA and the City.
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