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July 15, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Appeals court to consider Sodo arena challenge

A state Court of Appeals judge will consider arguments today brought by the local longshore workers union that the city and county shouldn’t have entered into a deal to build a sports arena in the Sodo neighborhood before state environmental reviews were completed.

Attorneys for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 are asking the appeals court to invalidate a Memorandum of Understanding reached with investor Chris Hansen in October 2012, arguing it coerces government decision-makers to approve a Sodo site and limits consideration of alternate sites.

“There is no ‘Bring Back the Sonics’ exception to SEPA,” said Peter Goldman, attorney for the longshore workers, refering to the State Environmental Policy Act. Goldman argues that the agreement with Hansen triggered a series of steps, including acquiring an NBA team, designing a new arena and seeking building permits at the Sodo location that foreclose meaningful consideration of alternate locations that might have fewer environmental impacts.

“The question is how much can government agree to with a private developer before doing SEPA,” Goldman said. “The whole deal was designed to build momentum for an arena in Sodo.”

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February 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Misrepresentation in longshore workers’ arena lawsuit?

Key to the arena lawsuit filed by the longshore workers union is the argument that the Memorandum of Understanding reached in October with investor Chris Hansen, Seattle and King County commits the government to a Sodo location in violation of state environmental laws. The agreement names the Sodo site, where Hansen owns land, and creates “irreversible momentum” to develop…

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