Monday a big day for proposed Seattle arena

Oct 15, 2012, 4:44 AM | Updated: 5:35 pm
LISTEN:

As expected, both the King County Council and Seattle City Council have approved Chris Hansen’s plan to build a new arena in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood.

The county council voted 9-0 in favor of the plan to build the $490 million arena with $200 million in public help, clearing the way for Hansen to shop for an NBA team, and for the environmental review of the plan to begin. The city council voted 7-2 in favor.

“We are going to be financing it with the rent that is generated from the new arena. Again, this is a source of money that would not be existent if it were not for the existence of the arena,” explained county council member Kathy Lambert.

Both councils have said the plan must pass an environmental review before any money will be spent.

“We required that a full EIS (Environmental Impact Study) be done, that a comprehensive traffic impact analysis be completed and that it study reasonable alternatives,” said county council member Joe McDermott.

Hansen, a Seattle native and a big Sonics fan, approached Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn last year about building a new arena to attract an NBA team and hopefully an NHL team as well. KeyArena, where the Sonics played, is considered outdated and financially unviable.

Unions representing Port of Seattle workers detailed their plans to sue the city and county if they move forward with the deal.

The union says another sports venue in the SoDo area will erode maritime and warehousing businesses and threaten the livelihood of union members and other workers.

“The steps that we’re taking here in this legislation will make sure the transportation in the SoDo area, which is very near here, will remain open and accessible to our farmers and manufacturers throughout the state,” said Tim Burgess.

The unions say the city and county violated state law by refusing to perform an environmental review of the proposed arena before signing a deal.

Attorney Peter Goldman says other sites needed to be considered before moving forward. (Read more with Goldman)

“Do this fair and square consistent with state law, no fingers on the scale. We’re blowing the whistle now because a foul has been committed. We’re not going to wait until the end of the game to start calling fouls.”

The unions will have 21 days to file the suit once the mayor and county executive sign the agreement.

Hansen will join McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine for the signing of the legislation Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

“I thank the city and county councils for their hard work and their approval of the arena Memorandum of Understanding. This is another important step toward bringing the Sonics back to Seattle,” said McGinn.

KIRO Radio reporter Chris Sullivan contributed to this story.

NBA

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul drives on Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) during the second ha...
Associated Press

Tatum, Brown lead Celtics to easy 125-98 win over Suns

PHOENIX (AP) — The hardest task these days for the Boston Celtics might be staying humble. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each scored 25 points, Malcolm Brogdon added 16 off the bench and the rolling Celtics embarrassed the sloppy Phoenix Suns 125-98 on Wednesday night. “You enjoy the moment, but you’ve got to understand why […]
1 day ago
Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson, rear, fouls Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga during ...
Associated Press

Fontecchio lifts Jazz past Warriors in short-handed matchup

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Simone Fontecchio dunked with 1.4 seconds remaining off Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s steal and the Utah Jazz beat the Golden State Warriors 124-123 on Wednesday night in a matchup of short-handed teams. “I couldn’t imagine anything like that. Just an amazing feeling, really happy and excited the way we got there,” said […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Lawrence’s free throws give Vanderbilt 75-74 win over Pitt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tyrin Lawrence’s two free throws with 1.1 seconds left gave Vanderbilt a 75-74 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Pitt had taken the lead after Nelly Cummings capped an 8-0 run with a midrange jumper with 14.3 seconds remaining. Coming out of a timeout, Quentin Millora-Brown drove the baseline and passed […]
1 day ago
New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) and Atlanta Hawks forward AJ Griffin (14) vie for a rebo...
Associated Press

Randle, Knicks win 113-89 after Hawks lose another starter

NEW YORK (AP) — Though Trae Young’s sneakers proclaimed him the “King of Broadway,” Julius Randle was the one who ruled things inside Madison Square Garden. Randle had 34 points and 17 rebounds and the New York Knicks capitalized on another key Atlanta Hawks injury to coast to a 113-89 victory Wednesday night. Randle made […]
1 day ago
Toronto Raptors forward O.G. Anunoby hangs from the rim as he watches his shot bounce off the rim d...
Associated Press

Siakam scores 25 points, Raptors rout short-handed Lakers

TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam had 25 points and 10 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors routed Los Angeles 126-113 on Wednesday night, beating a short-handed Lakers team playing without LeBron James and Anthony Davis. James sat out because of a sore left ankle, one night after he played 36 minutes in a 116-102 loss at […]
1 day ago
Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine shorts between Washington Wizards' Daniel Gafford, left, and Kristaps Po...
Associated Press

DeRozan, Bulls beat Wizards; Beal out with hamstring strain

CHICAGO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, Nikola Vucevic had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Washington Wizards 115-111 on Wednesday night. The Wizards lost their fourth in a row and played without leading scorer and three-time All-Star Bradley Beal. He strained […]
1 day ago
Monday a big day for proposed Seattle arena