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 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.
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.
What happens when the weather turns lousy here in Seattle? All the writers stay inside and write! So much to read this morning — much of it about housing.
Chris Hansen’s surprise announcement yesterday dominates the news this morning.
A pretty quiet start to the week… though zoning issues are starting to heat up.
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