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September 18, 2013 at 6:38 AM

Wednesday Memo: Sodo arena revised … Tunnel poll … Our ‘R’

National Weather Service forecast New plans for proposed Sodo arena: Architects for investor Chris Hansen plan to present revamped drawings for the proposed arena that’s central to investor Chris Hansen’s plan for an NBA team. Among the new features is a flat plaza with low rocks and water features. Gone are the…

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August 8, 2013 at 6:17 PM

City stops arena work for non-payment

The City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development has placed a hold on the Sodo arena project because of about $47,000 in unpaid fees by investor Chris Hansen. A spokesman for the department said review work currently under way will not continue until the back due amount is paid. Hansen has until Aug. 25 to…

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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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March 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Longshore workers will appeal Sodo arena ruling

The local longshore workers’ union plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that an agreement to build a sports arena in Sodo did not violate state environmental laws.

Local 19 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, whose members load and unload cargo at Port of Seattle facilities within blocks of the proposed Sodo arena site, announced this morning that they will ask a Washington Appeals Court for an expedited hearing of the case.

“The ILWU Local 19 believes that the court failed to acknowledge that the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) is a violation of the State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA), which outlines the action the city and and county took to construct an arena in Sodo without an EIS,” the union said in a statement.

A King County Superior Court judge two weeks ago threw out the union challenge to an agreement among Seattle, the county and investor Chris Hansen to build a $490 million state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue with up to $200 million in public funds.

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January 22, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Sodo arena design gets another look at meeting tonight

The proposed Sodo sports arena will get its final appraisal from the Downtown Design Review Board today. Early iterations of the arena’s architectural drawings were criticized by online readers as resembling a Sherman tank. In the latest drawings, the flat, oval roof is now surrounded by what looks like a vegetable steamer (see page 42),…

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October 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Arena agreement signed to cheers from fans

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, seated at left, and King County Executive Dow Constantine , seated at right, sign agreement to build $490 million sports and entertainment center in Sodo, during a press conference. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times) Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle native Chris Hansen today…

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October 15, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Seattle and King County councils approve Sodo arena deal

GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMESKing County Councilmember Joe McDermott, left, and City Councilmember Tim Burgess hold a press conference after the City Council vote on Monday, which was 7-2 in favor of the arena. The Seattle City Council and Metropolitan King County Council this afternoon approved an agreement to use up to…

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October 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Longshoremen detail planned lawsuit to stop Sodo arena

The local union representing longshoreman said the city of Seattle should have started an environmental review of a proposed sports arena as soon as it became clear investor Chris Hansen wanted public funds. Union leaders and their attorneys held a news conference this morning to reiterate their plans to sue the city and King County for…

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July 30, 2012 at 1:41 PM

King County Council approves arena proposal

UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: Council Chair Larry Gossett and Kathy Lambert say they’ll vote in favor of the arena deal, which seals the deal. The 6-3 vote was taken to applause from the audience. UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: Peter von Reichbauer says he’ll vote no. Joe McDermott indicates he will vote yes. UPDATE 5:15 p.m.: Three Council Members —…

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