The Tateuchi Center has already drawn national press attention. Last year, The New York Times wrote about the organization's planned policy of allowing audience members to text, tweet and access Facebook during shows.
Yet, when exactly the center will be built--or even if it will be built at all--remains in question.
After a decade of fundraising, the center still has nearly $100 million to raise to meet its $160 million target. Even with prominent backers, most notably Bellevue real-estate magnate Kemper Freeman, fundraising has been painfully slow. "It's like trying to sail a sailboat directly into a gale," concedes executive director John Haynes.
Over the past year, the center has cut operating expenses in half, according to an e-mail Haynes sent to supporters this summer, obtained by Seattle Weekly. Once leading a staff of 10, Haynes is now down to three people, including himself.
"They keep thanking us for keeping the faith," says Janis Wold, who at one time was secretary of a fundraising volunteer "guild" for the center. But, she says, such faith "is getting harder."
However, some, like Bellevue investor and Tateuchi board chair Peter Horvitz, haven't lost the faith:
Horvitz also says he remains optimistic. He asserts that the $63 million raised so far "is the largest amount ever raised for an Eastside project." Twelve million dollars of that money has already gone toward development costs.
Some folks, however, after reading the post, aren't buying it.
As commenter johnkelso writes:
$12 million already spend on development? For what, blueprints? I'm sorry, but I need on that board.