Public Meeting on KeyArena Proposal

-Rescheduled for September 28

The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) has received a proposal from the Oak View Group to allow the renovation of Seattle Center Arena (KeyArena). The project, filed under application #3029061, includes a new entry atrium, below-ground expansion for additional seating and circulation, and an underground loading dock and vehicular tunnel. Parking for 450 vehicles will be provided below ground. The scale of this proposal requires the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to inform the permit review process and eventual decision by the department.

The first step in compiling an EIS is soliciting public input to determine the range of topics to be reviewed within the environmental document. This process is known as scoping. SDCI has identified the following areas for discussion in the EIS: traffic and transportation; historic preservation (landmarks and archeological resources); light and glare; noise; land use; and public services and facilities (recreation).

A public meeting to obtain comments on the scope of the EIS, design alternatives, impacts, mitigation measures, and other approvals that may be required was originally scheduled for Thursday, September 21 and Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Those meetings have been cancelled and rescheduled.

The rescheduled meeting is set for:

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Seattle Center Armory Loft 2
(305 Harrison Street)

  • Open House: 6:30 p.m.
  • Public Comments: 7:00 p.m.

 

Written comments on the proposal, including the scope of the EIS, will be accepted through October 6, 2017.  Comments should be emailed to: prc@seattle.gov. Comments may also be mailed to:

SDCI – PRC
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124

Commenters who provide an email or physical address will be sent notices of future meetings and hearings. They will also be sent notice of the SDCI decision with information on the appeal process. Public comments and related project material will be posted to SDCI’s Permit and Property Records web page.

Questions about the meeting may be directed to:

John Shaw
SDCI Land Use Planner
(206) 684-5837
john.shaw@seattle.gov

Seattle Arena Final Environmental Impact Statement Available

This morning, public notice was posted regarding the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Seattle Arena proposal. The Final EIS includes updated traffic and transportation information, additional information on parking locations, additional details on transportation mitigation, and comments received on the Draft EIS with responses to those comments. The FEIS also updates potential mitigation measures for the identified impacts.

Private proposals such as this are required to evaluate a “no action” alternative plus other reasonable onsite alternatives for achieving the proposal’s objective on the same site. The FEIS includes the analysis of two onsite arena alternatives at 1700 1st Avenue South.

Since ArenaCo has proposed that the City and County help fund the arena, the City and County decided to compare environmental impacts of building the proposed project at other locations. The additional locations are the KeyArena site at the Seattle Center and Memorial Stadium site adjacent to Seattle Center. Analysis of those two locations is included within the FEIS, in addition to the two onsite alternatives on the project site and a “no action” alternative. Please refer to the links below for detailed information in the FEIS.

 

Read answers to frequently asked questions.

Next steps

Since the arena proposal involves the closure of a street segment (Occidental Avenue South), it must also be reviewed by the Seattle Design Commission through the street vacation process. The Commission’s review includes assessing the function of the street system and how the street vacation impacts the remaining streets in the area. The Design Commission also evaluates the public benefits in exchange for the street closure. The Commission then provides feedback to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), which informs SDOT’s formal recommendation to City Council on whether or not to approve the street vacation. The Design Commission’s review and SDOT’s review is planned to be completed no later than the end of August 2015.

The City Council will then hold a public hearing and will deliberate at one or more meetings before making a decision. Street vacation decisions go to the City Council’s Transportation Committee and then to Full Council for a final decision.

If the City Council grants the street vacation request, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will then publish the Master Use Permit decision for the arena, including mitigation of the impacts noted within the FEIS. Our decision on the proposal is expected to occur in early 2016.

View the Seattle Arena permit timeline.

U District Green Streets and EIS

A lot is happening in the U District!  April saw milestones for two ongoing projects. First, we’ve released draft streetscape designs for Brooklyn Ave NE, NE 43rd St., and NE 42nd St. Second, we’re requesting public comments on the U District Urban Design Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Green street concept plans are an opportunity for the neighborhood and the City to establish a clear vision for key pedestrian corridors. Those visions are implemented over time as private development and City projects gradually make improvements to widen sidewalks, add landscaping, art, and other amenities.

The community identified Brooklyn, 43rd, and 42nd as green streets in the 1998 neighborhood plan.  Now that development is picking up in the U District and a major public infrastructure project (Link Light Rail) will be improving stretches of Brooklyn and 43rd, the time is right to identify priorities and opportunities on these streets.

We hosted a public open house on April 16. Participants voiced strong support for improvements to pedestrian safety and aesthetics.  In particular, there’s excitement about the possibility of creating a curbless “festival street” on Brooklyn abutting the future light rail station, and on 43rd approach the UW Central Campus. Based on the suggestions and concerns raised at that meeting, we’re working on final recommendations for joint approval by DPD and the Seattle Department of Transportation.

We published the Draft EIS on April 24.  This document studies likely future impacts of several possible zoning scenarios.  It projects 20 years of growth under current zoning as well as two hypothetical rezones.  This analysis will serve as a bridge between the U District Urban Design Framework (2013) and the zoning recommendations we anticipate sending to City Council in early 2015.

To present findings from the DEIS, we’ll host at an open house and public hearing on May 20, 2014.  Comments on the DEIS are due June 9, 2014.

Meeting Details

When:
May 20, 2014
6:00 p.m.

Where:
University Temple Methodist Church
1415 NE 43rd Street
Seattle

We expect the final EIS (FEIS)to be released in late summer 2014 – this document will add to the Draft EIS and respond to comments we receive during this public comment period.

For more information about any of our work in the U District, please visit www.seattle.gov/dpd/udistrict. For questions or comments on green streets or the Draft EIS, please contact:

Dave LaClergue, Urban Designer
(206) 733-9668
dave.laclergue@seattle.gov

Seattle Comprehensive Plan Major Update EIS Scoping

DPD is scoping an environmental impact statement (EIS) that will evaluate the City’s Comprehensive Plan update.  The EIS will examine the possible impacts under three different growth scenarios.

Consistent with regional growth projections, all three scenarios assume the city will grow by 70,000 households and 115,000 jobs over the next 20 years.  All the scenarios follow the Comprehensive Plan’s urban growth strategy that aims to concentrate most of the growth in the city’s designated urban centers and urban villages.  The alternatives differ in how the projected growth would be distributed:

Alternative 1 would evaluate most of the growth in the six urban centers, in keeping with the regional plan of concentrating development in centers.

Alternative 2 would still project a lot of growth in the centers, but would shift some growth to the urban villages in order to strengthen those neighborhood business districts.

Alternative 3 would evaluate more growth in the urban villages that contain existing or planned light rail stations.

The Comprehensive Plan the City ultimately adopts could combine aspects of each of these alternatives.

DPD is taking comments on these alternatives and the topics to be covered in the EIS until April 21.  See more about the alternatives and the EIS topics at http://2035.seattle.gov.

On March 24, we held a public meeting to discuss the three alternatives and to get public feedback on whether we’re looking at the right alternatives. The meeting was well attended. Along with the planning alternatives, staff talked about the history and purpose of the Seattle Comprehensive Plan and the overall environmental impact statement process. Meeting attendees provided good input about the alternatives and the issues the EIS should address. We’ll transcribe and post the comments we heard at that meeting.

Did you miss the meeting? DPD is holding five more meetings about the EIS planning alternatives in April. We’ll be in several communities throughout Seattle. If you couldn’t make the March 24 meeting, join us at one of the following meetings:

April 7
5:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Loyal Heights Community Center
2101 NW 77th St

April 8
6:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Northgate Branch Library
10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.

April 9
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW

April 14
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Miller Community Center
330 19th Ave E

April 15
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Rainier Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room
4600 38th Ave S