Following a lot of media blitz about local hero Russell Wilson joining the ArenaCo team and public pitches for an “all private” financing model that still includes significant tax breaks, Hansen announced the intention to re-submit the street vacation request for Occidental Ave South. That petition (pdf) is now on-line contained in Clerk File 314369 .
The petition specifies an additional $1.3 million tentatively allocated to SDOT freight mobility projects including various planning projects and some smart signs related to railroad-based delays.
A Contribution of an additional $1.3 million to SDOT to implement the following 2016 Freight Master Plan projects (or other freight-related projects, at SDOT’s discretion):
- Spokane Street Freight-Only Lanes Pilot Project, Phase I (FMP Project #24)
- Railroad Crossing Delay Intelligent Transportation System (FMP Project #28)
- 1st Avenue S./S. Atlantic St. Freight Improvements (FMP Project #37)
What other changes are included/excluded will require a bit more digging as this is a street vacation petition and not a full outline of the new, privately-built arena proposal. The MOU being “thrown out” in bulk but aspects being retained leaves some gaps related to 1) the KeyArena use agreement that was in the MOU and included renovation funds based on early tax collections is now gone, 2) the MOU’s provisions for team non-relocate agreements is also gone (while owning the team and the arena might be good private motivation, team values could eventually rise enough to outweigh taking a loss on their old arena’s value with no primary tenant), and 3) various provisions related to Hansen/the investor’s financial security/maintaining a $300 million net worth are gone (something Geoff Baker’s recent Seattle Times piece outlining Valiant Capital Partners’ recent losses and opening up for new investors highlights).
The Seattle City Council has no planned meetings related to the street vacation petition. Mayor Ed Murray has already said that the focus is on evaluating the KeyArena RFP proposals due in April 2017 before spending time considering SoDo again.