Seattle arena still missing traffic data, on hold until summer

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.


6 comments on “Seattle arena still missing traffic data, on hold until summer

  1. In a side-note, the City of Sacramento won its eminent domain suit to control the last piece of property needed to drive themselves into bankruptcy and despair. Yay.

  2. Looks like Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess has put the kybosh on the NHL first per the SoDo arena. http://sportspressnw.com/2181588/2014/council-arena-deal-wont-be-re-done-for-hockey

  3. In another side-note, the judge hearing the eminent domain case heard more testimony today and has delayed his ruling.

    I wouldn’t call this a glimmer of hope; more like a glimmer of a glimmer of hope.

    http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/19/6250618/judge-delays-ruling-in-sacramentos.html

    I’m not really sure why the current owners wouldn’t be able to sell this property to whomever they want, and at the price they want.

  4. “I’m not really sure why the current owners wouldn’t be able to sell this property to whomever they want, and at the price they want.”

    Because the free market is the enemy of corporate welfare?

  5. @MikeM

    But let’s be honest, that property isn’t worth as much without the arena. They are valuing it as high as they are due to what will happen after they sell it.

  6. Trueblood, I do not think that property is worth less than they paid for it a few years ago. Plain and simple.

    That property wasn’t on the market because it wasn’t for sale.

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