Key Arena redevelopment: take the Uptown Alliance survey and attend a public meeting

If you have questions, concerns, opinions (or all three) on the redevelopment and/or possible replacement of Key Arena, the Seattle Uptown Alliance has two options for you.

First, take the Uptown Alliance’s survey on Key Arena plans. It’s a short 10 question survey with two key rating/ranking questions:

Potential community benefits: what you believe is most important, whether it’s community, transportation, or clean-up impacts.

Preferences for Key Arena: what you prefer for the future of Key Arena, from keeping the original structure as-is to completely demolishing it, and whether you want NBA/NHL teams playing at the Key.

The survey takes less than 3 minutes to complete, so take it today! Then, mark your calendars for a special community meeting to discuss the redevelopment of Key Arena and its surroundings. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 13th, at 7pm. The agenda is TBD, if you want updates on the meeting, RSVP here.

City opens up RFP for Key Arena renovation

As we reported back in July, the City of Seattle is seeking options for a renovation of Key Arena. At the time, the City stated it would open up a Request for Proposals (RFP) process in January. Fast forward to today, and RFPs are now being accepted.

Per the City:

“The City of Seattle is seeking proposals from parties interested in redeveloping and operating KeyArena at Seattle Center as a world-class civic arena presenting music, entertainment, and sports events, including the potential for NBA and NHL events. Responses are due to the Office of Economic Development by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017.”

A full FAQ on the process is available online. It covers the whys, the hows, the expected impacts, and timeframe. It also answers questions about potential NHL and NBA teams and the proposed SODO arena.

As for funding, the RFP ask proposers be responsible for 100% of the funding to complete the redevelopment, construction, and operation of Key Arena.

Uptown Alliance meets Tuesday: Uptown schools and Key Arena RFP on agenda

The Uptown Alliance kicks off this year’s regular meetings tomorrow, Tuesday, January 10th. In 2017, the UA’s general meetings will be moving from the 2nd Thursday to the 2nd Tuesday of every other month: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

Tomorrow’s meeting will be held at 7pm at the EXPO Building Community Room at 118 Republican St (Corner of Republican-Warren).

Agenda:
7:00-7:10: Welcome and Introductions

7:10-8:00: New Schools (in or near Uptown) – New Seattle Center High School + new Elementary school. Speaker Flip Herndon, Assoc. Superintendent of Facilities and Operations, Seattle Public Schools, will lead a discussion of needs, opportunities, and possible role for UA to help plan and support major new capital bond issue in 2018.

8:00-8:30: Committee / Issue Updates:
– Uptown Urban Center EIS/rezone process and timeline
– Key Arena upcoming RFP; community role/concerns
– Transportation Committee
– Roy Street, QA-Magnolia News event
– District Council next steps

8:30-8:45: Topics of Concern

8:45 – 8:55 January UA 2017 elections

8:55 – 9:00 Approve minutes from November

What could the future hold for Key Arena?

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Photo: Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times

Last week was a busy one for potential Seattle NBA/NHL arenas. After Chris Hansen stated that he’ll pay for a $500M+ new Sodo arena with private funding, Mayor Ed Murray told The Seattle Times that LA-based Oak View Group has expressed interest in Key Arena. In addition, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), an arena builder and manager for Key Arena marketing, appears open to a renovation of the Key.

Mayor Murray announced that the City will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) in January. The RFP process opens up Key Arena renovations to private parties.

He also acknowledged the impact to Uptown:

“We continue to listen to options to redevelop KeyArena as part of our revitalization of Seattle Center. There are many challenges to consider, including how to address traffic in the growing Uptown neighborhood, and any viable plan will include efforts to mitigate these concerns, while also bringing Seattle tremendous cultural and financial benefit. But, I remain committed to building a state-of-the-art arena in Seattle, and this effort means multiple entities could be working to make that a reality. I also remain committed to bringing the NBA back to Seattle.”

While traffic woes would certainly increase with a revamped arena, the positive impact to Queen Anne and Uptown businesses would be significant. When we lost the Sonics, local restaurants and bars lost business – and some had to close down.

You can read the latest on Hansen’s proposed Sodo arena and the possible renovation of Key Arena in this Seattle Times article.

Bernie Sanders rally planned for Sunday at Key Arena

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 8.47.22 AMToday the Bernie Sanders campaign announced a rally at Key Arena this Sunday, March 20th. The rally begins at 2pm and is a free event and open to the public, so the crowds may be large. (we do not have estimates from SDOT yet)

Per the event page, tickets are not required, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served. You can RSVP here.

According to the Seattle Times, Seattle is #1 among the 50 largest US cities for per-capita donations to Bernie Sanders. In advance of large crowds, the campaign is “strongly” encouraging both carpooling and public transportation, including the Monorail.

Expect Lower Queen Anne/Uptown to be crowded on Sunday afternoon prior to and following the event.

Traffic Alert: Trans-Siberian Orchestra & Seattle Marathon will impact traffic this weekend

Two traffic alerts for today and tomorrow – Trans-Siberian Orchestra is at Key Arena today, Saturday, for performances at 4pm and 8pm. The city estimates 10,000 people will attend each of the shows (20,000 total), so expect traffic around Key Arena this afternoon and evening.

The bigger impact will likely be from the Seattle Marathon, which is tomorrow, Sunday, November 29th. The organizers cite the Seattle Marathon as the “largest combination marathon/half marathon in the Northwest and one of the top ten largest in the US” – what does that mean? 15,000 participants + thousands of spectators, and road closures around the Seattle Center, where the race starts and finishes.

The race map with street closures is below. For some reason, the Seattle Marathon organizers have once again decided to produce a West-oriented map, instead of the standard North-oriented view. So, it may look a bit odd, but note that 5th Ave near the Seattle Center will be closed 5:30am-9am, and one side of Mercer will be closed 8:45am-4pm.

Click the map for a larger image:

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And, just to make things a bit more complicated, traffic-wise, the Seahawks are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at CenturyLink tomorrow (Sunday), with kickoff at 1:25pm.