Chris Hansen has applied for a new vote on vacating part of Occidental Ave. South so his project can proceed. But representatives of the three team owners, among others, say an initial agreement between all parties in April 2016 has yet to be solidified as intended.
Representatives of the Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders ownership are demanding that Chris Hansen’s proposed arena for NBA and NHL use in the Sodo District be required to enter into a “binding agreement” on event and game scheduling.
Hansen has applied to the City of Seattle for a new vote on vacating part of Occidental Ave. South so his project can proceed. But representatives of the three team owners, as well as the city’s annual RV show and the public stadium authority overseeing CenturyLink Field, have written the city’s transportation department to say an initial agreement between all parties in April 2016 has yet to be solidified as intended.
Hansen’s group referenced having a scheduling deal in his latest application, in February, to the city asking for a new Occidental vote. But the new team letters, obtained by The Seattle Times, seeking the binding pact were submitted in late March during a comment phase on Hansen’s proposal and have yet to be made public by the city.
First & Goal Inc., formed by Seahawks owner Paul Allen to run the team’s business, states the previous deal must “be made more specific and incorporated into a binding agreement among the venue owners and operators’’ as initially intended.
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“This has not happened,’’ wrote First & Goal vice president David Young. He suggested that the city’s transportation department consider the lack of a binding agreement before recommending whether to proceed with a new vote. “It should be noted that CenturyLink Venues and Safeco Field have such a binding scheduling agreement.’’
Jack McCullough, an attorney representing Hansen’s group, wrote in an e-mail Friday to The Times that a “scheduling condition” is in place.
“Last year, during the City Council review process for the (proposed) street vacation, a comprehensive understanding on Arena scheduling was negotiated among the teams and the venues and SDOT, under the watchful eyes of the City Council. That understanding was embodied in an elaborate scheduling condition imposed on the street vacation proposal.
“ … This scheduling condition covers the issues that would be addressed in a scheduling agreement, so a separate agreement is unnecessary. As we have re-commenced the street vacation process this year, we have been quite explicit that this condition would be carried forward in an approval of the vacation. The condition will govern future operations at the Arena.”
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