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

Seattle Center Arena Design Open House – Saturday, Oct. 28

Join Oak View Group for the Seattle Center Arena Design Open House to learn about the future of KeyArena and be part of the design process! The Seattle City Council is currently reviewing a proposed Memorandum of Understanding with the Oak View Group to renovate and redevelop KeyArena as a world-class arena, ready for professional hockey, basketball, and music. This open house is an opportunity for you meet the different stakeholders in the project and let us know what your priorities are for the arena at Seattle Center.

Discussion will focus on several key questions:

  • How will this project transform the Arena venue?
  • How will this project positively affect the Arena site?
  • How will this project engage with arts and culture?
  • How will the new Arena enhance Seattle Center?
  • How will the new Arena integrate into the neighborhood and the community?

We look forward to seeing you at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center on Saturday, October 28, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The open house is free and open to all.

Please RSVP here.

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: Comments may also be mailed to:

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

The City of Seattle Launches Arena Community Advisory Group

As part of the ongoing process of evaluating plans for the possible redevelopment of the Arena at Seattle Center into a state-of-the-art entertainment and sports facility that could potentially bring the NHL and the NBA to Seattle, the City of Seattle assembled an Arena Community Advisory Group.

The group’s purpose is:

  • To help the City ensure that a redeveloped Arena would connect and integrate with Seattle Center and surrounding neighborhoods and advise on mobility planning
  • To partner with the City in the development of labor agreements supporting current and future workers
  • To champion “Women and Minority Business Enterprises” policy inclusion in any forthcoming agreements that may be negotiated

Members of the Arena Community Advisory Group include:

  • Monty Anderson – Executive Secretary, Seattle Building and Construction Trades Council
  • John Barr – NHL to Seattle
  • Robert Cardona – Uptown Alliance
  • Andrea Caupain – Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone
  • Evan Clifthorne – Project Belltown
  • Brian Curry – 10 Mercer Restaurant and Seattle Center Advisory Commission member
  • Deborah Frausto – Uptown Alliance
  • Ollie Garrett – President, Tabor 100
  • Nicole Grant – Executive Secretary, Martin Luther King County Labor Council
  • Mike McQuaid – South Lake Union Community Council
  • Brian Robinson – Founder, Sonics Rising
  • Sarah Wilke – Executive Director, Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)
  • Jane Zalutsky – Executive Director, Seattle Center Foundation

The group will meet on an ongoing basis through the permitting and environmental review processes and development of any final development agreements that may be negotiated.

In early 2017, the City of Seattle issued an RFP for the redevelopment of the Arena.  The City chose Oak View Group as the preferred partner and is currently negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Oak View Group. The City Council will review and potentially adopt the MOU later this fall.

For more information, visit