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Council gets update on Key Arena renovation project

This morning, the City Council got an update on the Seattle Center Arena renovation project, as well as some reassurances from its consultant that the project’s finances are sound. It also considered a change to the city’s contract with the Seattle Storm to hopefully keep their games in Seattle while they are displaced from the Arena.

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Council passes Key Arena agreement out of committee

This morning, the Select Committee on Civic Arenas made some minor technical amendments to the agreement with Oak View Group for the renovation, lease and operation of Key Arena, then passed it out of committee. Barring unforeseen circumstances, it will be approved by the full Council on September 24th.

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Safeco Field and the lodging tax

The King County Council is considering a proposal to allocate about $180 million of hotel and lodging tax revenues toward capital expenditures on Safeco Field. This is enraging community members who think that the money should be spent on affordable housing instead — and certainly shouldn’t be spent on supporting a private, for-profit organization like the Seattle Mariners.

The financial arrangements of the ballpark, the Mariners, and the hotel and lodging tax are rather convoluted. Let’s pick this apart to understand where all the money is going.

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