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Seattle, WA 98104
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Proposed sports and entertainment arena in Seattle SODO neighborhood

 Image: Proposed arena overhead view

King County and Seattle sign SODO arena legislation


Councilmembers joined Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and investor Chris Hansen at the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club October 16 for a celebration of the joint signing of the SODO arena legislation. The adopted legislation authorizes the city of Seattle and King County to enter into an memorandum of understanding (MOU) and interlocal agreement (ILA) with ArenaCo—the company representing arena investor Chris Hansen.

The adoption of the legislation is a major step toward building a new arena to house the Sonics and a potential hockey team.

Adopted Legislation
Ordinance 2012-0388.2 adopted October 15, with attached MOU and ILA


 

King County Council Review Schedule*

Tuesday, May 29, 9:30 a.m.

Budget and Fiscal Management Committee

Staff Report with attachments (3MB, PDF)
Video stream

Tuesday, June 5, 1:30 p.m.

Budget and Fiscal Management Committee

Staff Report with attachments (0.5MB, PDF)
Video stream

Panelists
  • Dwight Dively, Director, King County Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget
  • Carl Hirsch, Managing Partner, Stafford Sports.

Tuesday, June 19, 9:30 a.m.

Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee

Staff Report (0.1MB PDF)
Handouts (2.5MB PDF)
Video stream

Panelists
  • Tom Albro, Commissioner, Port of Seattle
  • Tay Yoshitani, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Seattle
  • Dave Gering, Executive Director, Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle
  • Dan Gatchet, Chair, Washington State Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board
  • Cameron Williams, President, ILWU Local 19
Other Speakers
  • Peter Steinbrueck, former Seattle City Council Member
  • Vince O'Halloran, Sailors’ Union of the Pacific/President of the Puget Sound Ports Council, Maritime Trades Department AFL-CIO 
  • Mike Elliott, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

Tuesday, June 19, 1:30 p.m.

Budget and Fiscal Management Committee

Video Stream

Panelists
  • Chris Hansen, ArenaCo
Members of Arena Proposal Expert Review Panel (announcement):
  • Justin Marlowe, a professor at the University of Washington’s Evans School who specializes in public financial management
  • Bill Beyers, a professor at the University of Washington who specializes in economics and geography
  • Dick Conway, a local economist
  • Steve Orser, an urban developer for Wood Partners
  • Charlie Howard, Transportation Planning Director for the Puget Sound Regional
  • Doug MacDonald, former Washington Secretary of Transportation

Thursday, June 21, 9:30 a.m.

Budget and Fiscal Management Committee

Staff Report (0.2MB PDF)
Presentation Materials  (5MB PDF)
Video Stream

Panelists
  • Bob Chandler, City of Seattle Department of Transportation 
  • Nathan Torgelson, City of Seattle Department of Transportation
  • John Perlic, Parametrix

Thursday, June 28, 9:30 a.m.

Budget and Fiscal Management Committee

Staff Report with attachments (10MB PDF)
Video Stream

Tuesday, July 3, 
1:30 p.m.

Budget and Fiscal Management Committee

Video Stream 

This item was mostly an executive session to discuss legal issues related to the proposal. 

Thursday, July 12, 1:30 p.m.

Budget and Fiscal Management Committee

Staff Report
Attachments (1MB, PDF)
Video Stream

Panelists (Arena Proposal Expert Review Panel):

  • Justin Marlowe, a professor at the University of Washington’s Evans School who specializes in public financial management
  • Bill Beyers, a professor at the University of Washington who specializes in economics and geography
  • Dick Conway, a local economist
  • Steve Orser, an urban developer for Wood Partners
  • Tracey Thompson, Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117
  • Charlie Howard, Transportation Planning Director for the Puget Sound Regional
  • Doug MacDonald, former Washington Secretary of Transportation

Tuesday, July 17, 1:30 p.m.

Budget and Fiscal Management Committee

Staff Report
Attachments (1MB, PDF) (same as 7/12 attachments)
Video Stream

Thursday, July 19, 5:30 p.m.

Seattle City Council/King County Council 

Joint Public Hearing 
Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall 
600 Fourth Ave, 1st Floor

Video Stream
Photo Gallery

Monday, July 23, 1:30 p.m. 

King County Council
The Council relieved the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee of 2012-0202. Striking Amendment 1 was introduced.

Video Stream


 Monday, July 30, 1:30 p.m. King County Council
The Council held a public hearing. Striking Amendment 2, as amended, was adopted. Ordinance, 2012-0202, as amended, was adopted. 

Video Stream

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 1:30 p.m. Budget and Fiscal Management Committee

Staff Report
Video Stream
Monday, Sept. 24 The Seattle City Council adopted legislation containing an amended MOU and ILA. Because the terms approved by the city are not the same as those previously approved by King County, the County Council must review the new terms. 

Proposed Ordinance 2012-0388.1 would adopt the version of the MOU and ILA adopted by the City of Seattle.  

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m.  Budget and Fiscal Management Committee

Staff Report
Video Stream

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m. Budget and Fiscal Management Committee

The County Budget and Fiscal Management Committee recommended adoption of Ordinance 2012-0388 as amended by Amendments 1 and B. The full County Council will review the amended ordinance on Oct. 15 at 1:30 p.m. (more details). 

Staff Report

Monday, Oct. 15, 1:30 p.m. King County Council

The King County Council unanimously adopted 2012-0388.2, approving the amended MOU and ILA for a proposed sports and entertainment arena in Seattle SODO neighborhood (more details).

* Meeting schedule is subject to change. Please check the Council calendar for the latest information.

Previous versions of County legislation

Previously Adopted County Legislation:
Council Adopted Ordinance 2012-0202.2 (adopted 7/30/12 with enacted number 17395) with amended ILA and MOU attachments

Previous Versions of Proposed Ordinance 2012-0388:

Proposed Ordinance 2012-0388.1 (Recommend for adoption by BFM on 10/9/2012 as amended by Amendment 1 and Amendment B. Amended version renamed 2012-0388.2).  

Seattle adopted MOU showing changes from 7/30/12 County adopted version
Seattle adopted ILA showing changes from 7/30/12 County adopted version

Proposed Amendment 1 to 2012-0388.1 (Amendment adopted by BFM as amended by Amendment B.)

Description of Amendment 1
Proposed amended MOU showing changes from 9/24/12 City adopted version
Proposed amended ILA showing changes from 9/24/12 City adopted version

- Amendment B to Amendment 1 to 2012-0388.1 (Amendment adopted by BFM.)
Previous Versions of Proposed Ordinance 2012-0202:

Proposed Ordinance 2012-0202.1 with ILA and MOU attachments

- Executive Transmitted Supporting Documents for 2012-0202:
Striking Amendment 1 with proposed amended ILA and MOU attachments in redline