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.
Everything is lining up this week to accelerate the pace for OVG’s renovation of Key Arena to move quickly.
This morning, the City Council held its first hearing to start hashing through the details of the three written contracts that will guide OVG’s renovation and operation of Key Arena.
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.
This afternoon, the Council was updated on the current status of negotiations with OVG on the renovation of Key Arena. It also advanced legislation to establish historic landmark controls on Key Arena and the adjacent Bressi Garage.
This morning, the Council got an update on what’s happened with planning for OVG’s remake of Key Arena since the city and OVG signed their MOU.
Earlier this week, the city released its draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed renovation of Key Arena by the Oak View Group. The document is 321 pages, with another 306 pages of appendices. Here’s a guide to what it says, and how you should let the city know your thoughts.
Also, we learn what a “woonerf” is.
That didn’t take long.
This afternoon the National Hockey League announced that a consortium was given permission to apply for an NHL expansion team to be located in Seattle.
It looks like the final roadblocks have been removed, allowing the City Council to vote on Monday to approve the MOU with Oak View Group on renovation and operation of Key Arena. And unlike last time the Council took a big Arena vote, it looks like the “ayes” have it.