Seattle Asian Art Museum redevelopment passes out of committee

With little commotion, the proposed expansion, renovation and lease extension of the Seattle Asian Art Museum passed out of Council committee today and is headed for final approval.

Here’s my recent writeup of the project.

Council members Juarez, Bagshaw and Gonzalez were all very complimentary of the Seattle Art Museum’s (operator of SAAM) and the city negotiators’ work to redo the public benefits package since their first review of the project last month.

The only change the Council members asked for was to require SAAM to be more proactive and transparent in making the public aware of the public benefits package items, notably including the four days per month where admission is free. Gonzalez will offer that as an amendment when the legislation comes up for final approval on Monday.