Seattle Center Arena Draft Environmental Impact Statement Available

-City seeking public comment

This morning, notice was posted regarding the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the renovation of KeyArena and the beginning of a 45-day comment period.  This includes the required 30-day comment period plus a 15-day extension. The public notice also includes the date for the required public hearing to take formal comment on the Draft EIS. The Draft EIS can be reviewed and comments submitted using the following link:


Public hearing date:

May 14, 6-9:00p.m.
Open house 6-6:30, public testimony begins at 6:30
Seattle Center Armory Loft #2

For interpretation or special accommodations, call Seattle Center at (206) 684-7200.

In addition to the required public hearing, an online open house is available to further the City’s commitment to providing anyone interested in the project an opportunity to comment.

Comments submitted through this online open house will be part of the official record. You can also provide comments in person at the public hearing on May 14 or via mail or email until June 7th. All comments will be reviewed regardless of the comment method.

This project is required to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to disclose likely significant construction or operational impacts and potential solutions or mitigation. Private proposals such as this are required to evaluate a “no action” alternative plus other reasonable onsite alternatives for achieving the proposal’s objective. The Draft EIS includes the analysis of two alternatives for redeveloping the arena.

Following the comment period, the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) will be prepared. The Final EIS will include responses to comments submitted on the Draft EIS and may include updates or revisions to the Draft EIS analysis. After publication of the Final EIS (end of summer 2018), additional steps will include publication of the Master Use Permit decision for the Seattle Center Arena proposal and completion of the landmark review process.

Written comments may be mailed to:

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, PRC
Attention: Public Resource Center
700 5th Ave, Suite 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA, 98124-4019