This morning the City Council had its first discussion of the two proposals submitted last week for redevelopment of Key Arena. That was fairly straightforward. The bigger issue for them was how little involvement they would have in the decision-making process until the very end.
Today was the deadline for submitting proposals to redevelop the Key Arena at Seattle Center, and as expected two proposals arrived at the city’s door.
Monday morning the Council’s Select Committee on Civic Arenas held its first meeting, which entailed a high-level overview of the committee’s purview, as well as the issues related to the SODO Arena and Key Arena proposals that are likely to come before it.
The City Council recently formed a new committee to deal with the issues related to competing arena plans for Key Arena at Seattle Center and the proposed SODO Arena in the Stadium District.
This morning, as promised, the City announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for redevelopment of Key Arena at Seattle Center.
There have been reports that the city has found more than one organization interested in at least discussing renovating the Key Arena as an alternative to Chris Hansen’s plan to build a new arena in the SODO district. This is an attempt by the Mayor to actively and formally explore that option. The RFP asks for proposals to redevelop it into a “world-class civic arena” for music, entertainment and sports events, including possibly an NHL or NBA franchise.
Let’s dig into the details or what the city is looking for — and what constraints they are placing on the project.
Here’s a quick rundown on what happened today.
The Seattle Times’ weekend story about the dueling reports over Key Arena lead the news this morning.