King County Council offers public last chance to comment on arena proposal

July 28, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. July 28, 2012

The public can comment on a proposal to build a Seattle sports and entertainment arena before the King County Council considers the arena agreement.

The council is scheduled to hold a final public hearing on the proposal at 1:30 p.m. Monday. The sign-up to testify before the council starts at 12:30 p.m.

The council meets in the Council Chambers on the 10th floor at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle.

Or watch the meeting live online, on King County TV, Comcast and Broadstripe Channel 22.

Budget and Fiscal Management Committee members held nine meetings on the arena plan. King County Council and Seattle City Council members also held a rare joint meeting to listen to public comment on the proposal.

The hearing Monday is the last opportunity for the public to voice opinions on the proposal before the Council acts on the legislation.

In May, King County and Seattle leaders, joined by investor Chris Hansen, proposed a $490 million sports and entertainment arena near Safeco Field.

The amount of public support is capped at $120 million if organizers secure only the NBA franchise. The total could rise to $200 million if the NHL is added to the equation.

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4 Responses to “King County Council offers public last chance to comment on arena proposal”

  1. Terry Parkhurst on July 28th, 2012 6:06 pm

    This is the epitome of a dog-and-pony show. How many people can be expected to drive or take a bus to downtown Seattle, in the middle of what is for most people, a work day? County Councilman Joe McDermott is pushing for a “yea” vote by the county council, to pass the ball – pun intended – over to the Seattle City Council. It’s no coincidence that this is being done by McDermott, since the King County Executive, Dow Constantine, doesn’t want anymore discussion or study on the matter.

    This is a good example of why we needed Diana Toledo, with her watchdog mein, on the council, instead of the dutiful team player McDermott. If the King County Council votes for the proposed SODO stadium, the fix is in. No one on the Seattle City Council has the backbone to take on the mayor or his new buddy, Chris Hansen, save for Tim Burgess; who would like to be Seattle’s next mayor – and might be.

  2. John E Tong on July 29th, 2012 10:20 am

    I guess this would help out the down and outers that I see when I go down that way! Maybe the owners and Players could invest also in a Profiet sharing program? If the city or County own the property Now? What ever happened to Seattle Center?
    I really enjoyed watching Slick, Fred, John, Sikma Play! The totem games were really Fun too!
    Well, if my tax $ goes to this it’s, BSS. (is the kingdome paid for Yet?)
    Just thinking about my Seahawk tickets that were better seats @ $19. and charter seats on the drip line at $105. And thanks for Yankee training camp getting the best right,center, player in the league of Dreams!
    Guess I would like my tax $ to build a school or get the price of higher education that would teach common Sence. Not corparate Cents!

  3. adam on July 29th, 2012 6:05 pm

    Do not waste one penny of my high taxes on these absolutely useless arenas. Hansen’s proposals are strictly for his own good. As a hedgefund manager his gains are other’s people losses.
    One hundred percent funding by the mega rich should be the only consideration.
    Also getting sick and tired of all the political grand standing.

  4. indy.texto on July 30th, 2012 9:26 am

    The economic benefits of public funds financing a stadium are nil as the money spent in the stadium is not spent elsewhere

    But for the players and sports business, it’s like cash; With no money borrowed, the club owners keep the cash ( TV rights etc) so pay the greedy players and their agents who both earn pharaonic salaries.

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