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April 5, 2:10 PM click here to comment > 5

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

“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

Photo by: Aaron Fishbone

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Posted by: April Thomas


Comment from pat simon
Time April 12, 2012 at 9:41 am

Why is it not more widely publicized that the city will be required to buy this property from Hansen? And how can this possibly be reconciled with the assertions that no public money will be required for this project?
Answer: apparently you folks in government would prefer that the public be burdened to learn that the city would be required to buy the property from Hansen, and clearly tthe assertion that no public money would be involved in this project is just a plain lie. Disgusting!

Comment from Paula Bamburg
Time April 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

It’s already extremely time-consuming and difficult to get home to West Seattle in the evenings when there are games at one or both of the existing stadium. Whether by bus or car, we are all stuck in the mess caused by massive influx from all directions toward a single location. 520, I-90, I-5, the exit to & the West Seattle Viaduct, 99 and every surface street are all impacted. Putting 2 stadiums in one location was irresponsible; adding another would be criminal and insane. Lots of money is made from adjacent businesses, and that’s good for the city – but spread the opportunity to other areas where it’s needed: more successful businesses, same or more $$$ for the city and not making a bad situation worse for many people, just to satisfy the desires of a few.

Comment from Mark Aggar
Time May 18, 2012 at 10:49 am

I agree with Paula. Traffic going to the stadiums is bad enough on I-90 during the week with Mariners and Sounders games. Adding potential NBA traffic is the epitomy of bad planning. Living on Mercer Island and working on the eastside, I have no choice but to use I-90. Even the dedicated eastbound express lane gets backed up and causes buses to be stuck in traffic as well. The traffic impacts analysis needs to take I-90 congestion into account as well. I shudder to think what the traffic would like if there were a MLB, MLS and NBA game all on the same night!.

I will be bringing this to the attention of the Mercer Island City Council as well.

Comment from friendlybaby
Time June 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Stop crying you wimpy babies! Bring on the ARENA!!!! Heck, bring on 2 arenas!!

Comment from Gary Ulster
Time September 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

What else can be said: Well explaind Paula. You should be in our new council