PACE Bellevue Eastside

According to a release, the Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE) has announced that all pre-construction documents and activities have been filed with the City of Bellevue. This concludes the 36-month design and planning phase of the project that would be located in Downtown Bellevue at the corner of NE 10th Street and 106th Avenue NE.

PACE has raised nearly $35 million of the $160 million in capital needed. According to John Haynes, PACE executive director and CEO, they will need to complete funding and financing in order to break ground in 14 months. Once the project has broken ground, construction will take 24 months to complete. Following construction, another 6 months will be required to install, test, tune, and commission theatrical systems within the building. According to these timelines, PACE could be on schedule to open in the first half of 2014.

PACE’s plan would allow for a 5-story, 135,000 square-foot performance venue. The Concert Hall is planned to seat 2,000 people and is also flexible for smaller, intimate events for as little as 250 people. Once complete, PACE hopes to attract musicians, dancers, actors, and entertainers to the Eastside.


  1. Where is PACE going to get the extra $125 million from? I’m pretty sure that most of the big name locals have already put a fair amount into it, as did the city of Bellevue. If they don’t raise it from donations, will they be able to acquire financing?

  2. This is a really good thing for Bellevue downtown… we can’t rely 100% on Bellevue Square. But I am also wondering where the rest of the money would come from.

    Can they take a construction loan and pay it off for the next 30 or 50 years?

  3. $25 million donation announced yesterday in the Times. With that size of donation, PACE has been renamed. Let’s hope others follow and the project is able to break ground! Also, with the size and scope of construction, I wonder if the project is able to apply and capture federal stimulus dollars? That would definitely help fundraising efforts….