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Chris Hansen commissions immediate feasibility study of traffic and parking impacts in Seattle’s Stadium District
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn today announced that investor Chris Hansen has commissioned an immediate feasibility study of multimodal transportation access and parking in Seattle’s Stadium District.
Chris Hansen with Mayor McGinn and County Executive Dow Constantine
While the study will be conducted in collaboration with the Seattle and King County Departments of Transportation, Hansen will assume financial responsibility for its completion. Hansen announced the study in a letter to McGinn and Constantine on Wednesday evening. Hansen’s letter can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/arena.
“The review panel report presents important questions about traffic and transportation in the Sodo area. I’m pleased Mr. Hansen has stepped up to get answers to those questions, and to get them in a timely fashion,” said Executive Constantine.
Last night, the Arena Review Panel published its report on the Arena proposal, with the formal recommendation that the City and County move forward with consideration of Hansen’s proposal. The report concluded that ”the proposal is favorable, has promise, and is generally consistent with the principles set forth by the Mayor and County Executive.” While noting that more work needs to be done, the report said the proposal warrants “serious consideration of the City and County policy makers.”
“I thank all the members of the Arena Review Panel for their work,” said Mayor McGinn. “I also thank Chris Hansen for his commitment to fund a transportation study to analyze the impacts of constructing a new arena in our Stadium District. The Panel’s report contains additional insight and recommendations on how to strengthen the proposal for all parties. In the coming weeks, we will work to incorporate these concepts into agreements between the City, King County and Mr. Hansen. These agreements will be transmitted to our respective Councils, where there will be additional opportunities for public review and comment.”
The Arena Review Panel’s report and further information on the proposed Arena can also be found at http://www.seattle.gov/arena.
Photo by: Aaron Fishbone
Posted by: April Thomas