Anti-Arena Groups Attempt to Gain Momentum in Seattle

Hansen and his ownership group have remained relatively quite in the last eight months and the anti-arena groups have been dominating the headlines during that time period. These anti-arena groups were drowned out during the early portion of 2013 (thanks to the Sonics/Kings saga); now they are back claiming illegal kickbacks and subsidies are involved in the financing plan for the SODO Arena.

The first draft of the environmental impact statement was released on August 15th, 2013 — you can read that here — and it took a look at several sites outside of the one that was agreed upon in the MOU. Some of the sites that were examined in the EIS were the agreed upon SODO site, the land that the Key Arena is on, and the land that Memorial Stadium is on. Each site is examined in detail with the impact on several environmental factors (from potential water table impacts to the potential impacts on the sight lines in the area around the arena).

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