For eons now, the final hurdle for Chris Hansen’s proposed Seattle arena project has been the completion of an environmental impact study. (Well, that and that the arena won’t be built until Seattle gets an NBA team, which isn’t happening anytime soon, or gets an NHL team, which could happen soon but would require completely renegotiating the arena deal.) The EIS was supposed to be done this month, but now that ain’t happening:
“The final EIS likely won’t be available any earlier than the end of summer,” says Bryan Stevens, of DPD. “We’ve asked for some updates on the traffic analysis, location of parking during event days, and examples for how impacts could be mitigated along South Holgate Street.”…
Sources close to the Hansen group have also suggested, in the past few weeks, that they can easily provide the answers and speed up the timeline. Hansen has been unavailable for comment.
Okay, then! Either a Seattle arena and NHL expansion franchise is imminent, or there are so many unanswered questions that they may never happen. Somewhere in between those two.