This morning the Council was briefed by the Office of Economic Development (OED) on its progress in drafting an MOU with OVG Partners, the winning bidder for the Key Arena renovation project.
Next Monday, the Council’s Select Committee on Civic Arenas will meet to have its first discussion of OVG’s selected proposal for renovating Key Arena while the Mayor’s staff is negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding on how to move forward.
This afternoon, Mayor Ed Murray held a press conference to announce that he has selected Oak View Group (OVG) for the renovation and future operation of Key Arena at Seattle Center, based on their proposal.
This afternoon’s vote on the soda tax, and the withdrawal of one of the two proposals to renovate Key Arena, top this morning’s news.
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.