Good news: as of October 7, the Seattle Center Monorail will accept ORCA cards, including transfers.
Believe it or not, things happened today that aren’t related to taxes. Here’s the scoop.
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.
This afternoon, the City Council voted 8-0 to approve the renovation and lease of Key Arena by Oak View Group, setting up the project to move forward quickly.
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.