Seattle Arena Draft Environmental Impact Statement Available

This afternoon, notice was posted regarding the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Seattle Arena and the beginning of the 45 day comment period.  The public notice also includes dates for upcoming public hearings to take comment on the DEIS. The DEIS can be reviewed and comments submitted using the following link: http://web1.seattle.gov/dpd/luib/Notice.aspx?BID=840&NID=15776.

This project is required to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to disclose likely significant impacts and potential 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 on the same site. The DEIS includes the analysis of two onsite alternatives.

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 DEIS, in addition to the two onsite alternatives in SoDo and a “no action” alternative.

The City and County’s objective is to determine whether to participate in ArenaCo’s private proposal to build and operate the Seattle Arena for NBA and NHL home teams.  Please refer to the link above for detailed information in the DEIS.

See the link below for more answers about the EIS process: www.seattle.gov/dpd/Blog/Seattle Arena DEIS FAQs.pdf.

Written comments may be mailed to:

Attn: John Shaw, Senior Transportation Planner
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98104-4019

Public hearing dates:

September 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Bertha Knight Landes Room
Seattle City Hall

September 19 at 6:00 p.m.
Fidalgo Room
Seattle Center