Leaders host public meeting on Seattle arena proposal

July 3, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. July 3, 2012

Citizens can ask questions about a proposed Seattle arena — and the potential impact on King County taxpayers — at a meeting hosted by Seattle City Council and King County Council members.

The forum is scheduled for 7-8 p.m. July 10 at North Seattle Community College cafeteria. The event is in the College Center Building, 9600 College Way N.

The meeting is hosted by King County Councilman Bob Ferguson and Seattle City Councilman Mike O’Brien.

“The proposed arena is an important issue currently before the county and city councils. This meeting will give community members the opportunity to ask questions, express their thoughts and know their voices are being heard,” Ferguson said in a statement. “As an elected official, I believe it is important to meet with and hear directly from the public and the people I represent.”

In February, investor Christopher Hansen presented to Seattle and King County a proposal to construct the arena to host NBA and NHL teams.

Hansen, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, announced a proposed agreement in May.

The terms of the agreement outline the county role in the proposed arena project.

The amount of public support for the arena is capped at $120 million if organizers secure only a basketball franchise. The total could rise to $200 million if a hockey team is added to the equation.

“As both city and county councils are digging into the details of the arena proposal and beginning to understand the potential benefits and risks to the region, it is critical we are also hearing from the public,” O’Brien said in a statement. “We are receiving thousands of emails on the topic, but there is nothing like getting out in the neighborhood and engaging directly with the people we represent.”

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