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For decades Eastside leaders have been dreaming of a performing-arts center in downtown Bellevue. Tuesday morning at the Bellevue Downtown Association breakfast, Mayor Claudia Balducci told attendees the Tateuchi Center is still a priority for the city.

In a state of the city address, she said, Bellevue “should expect to see a great crescendo in momentum for the Tateuchi Center this year.”

The 2,000-seat performing-arts center, proposed for the corner of Northeast 10th Street and 106th Avenue Northeast, has raised $63 million of its $160 million goal.

The city has contributed $2 million toward the design and construction of the center. And in February, it partnered with the Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE) to work on developing a public-private partnership to complete the center.

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In answering a question from the crowd, Balducci said the prospect of public funding for the Tateuchi Center is possible.

Other projects indicated as priorities for the city this year were:

• Transportation: Moving traffic out of downtown and into the Bel-Red Corridor with the Northeast Fourth Street extension project and the extension and widening of 120th Avenue Northeast. Deputy Mayor Kevin Wallace also urged attendees to push the Legislature to pass the state transportation legislation to improve conditions on both Highway 520 and Interstate 405.

• Light rail: The city has $1.5 billion budgeted for construction activity in Bellevue over the next eight years.

• A public presence on the waterfront with Meydenbauer Bay Park.

• Completing the Pac-Man, partial circle, in Bellevue Downtown Park by 2018.

Coral Garnick: 206-464-2422 or On Twitter @coralgarnick

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