The Seattle city council and King County council finally gave final approval to Chris Hansen’s $490 million SoDo arena plan yesterday, meaning that Hansen can move ahead with—
Now, a state-mandated environmental review will analyze an arena’s effect on the Sodo neighborhood, the Port of Seattle, and the surrounding industrial lands, plus will look at at least one alternative site for a new venue. Those studies are expected to take about a year.
After the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) study is completed, the city and county councils will have the option to move ahead with the Sodo arena or kill the project in its tracks.
Okay, but other than that formality, it’s cleared its last legal hurdle—
Longshoremen who load and unload cargo on the Seattle waterfront plan to sue the city and county over a proposal to build a new sports arena near Port of Seattle shipping terminals.
Okay, okay. Either of these could potentially delay the project, but given that construction isn’t going to begin until Hansen has an agreement with an NBA team to locate in Seattle, it’s not like there’s any real hurry to get shovels in the ground. The big question remains whether Hansen can find a team at a price he can afford, and everything has remained quiet on that front, in public at least. Unless you count this guy in a t-shirt drinking a Diet Coke saying that if any team wanted to move to Seattle, “I can’t imagine any owner standing in the way of that.”