This morning, a public notice was issued regarding the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) for the Seattle Center Arena (Key Arena) renovation project. This project was required to prepare a draft and final EIS to describe likely significant construction and operational environmental impacts and to identify potential measures to mitigate those impacts. The Final EIS includes updated traffic and transportation information, additional details on transportation mitigation, more information on construction-related impacts to Seattle Center tenants and neighbors, and potential mitigation. The Final EIS also updates potential mitigation measures for the identified impacts and includes responses to comments received on the Draft EIS.
The Final EIS evaluates the renovation project proposed by the Oak View Group (OVG), an alternative to OVG’s proposal, and a “no action” alternative. The adequacy of the Final EIS may be appealed to the Seattle Hearing Examiner no later than September 13, 2018.
The Final EIS can be reviewed at http://web6.seattle.gov/dpd/edms/ (search for permit number 3029061).
Additional steps in development of the renovation project include publication of a Master Use Permit decision, completion of the landmark review process, a decision on the requested construction noise variance, the potential approval of other development permits, and approval of transaction documents by the Seattle City Council.