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#GAMETIME. Pack the Street Vacation Public Hearing on March 15!

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It’s #GameTime. Time for the City Council to Vacate Occidental for an approved, shovel-ready Seattle Arena Plan!

Sign the Petition Here Now!

Come out and show your support to the Seattle City Council!

Public Hearing on the Occidental Street Vacation
at Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue)
Tuesday, March 15 at 5:30pm

** Pre-Hearing Tip-Off with Kevin Calabro! **
4:00pm at the Bertha Knight Landes Room (in City Hall)

After four years of public hearings, traffic analysis, environmental impact studies, council votes and legislative due diligence, the final step to having a shovel-ready arena plan approved in Seattle is for the City Council to vote on vacating a one-block section of Occidental Avenue in the SoDo arena footprint.

On February 29, 2016, the producers of Sonicsgate scaled a SoDo rooftop to document the critical traffic conditions that arena opponents claim as their primary argument against vacating Occidental Avenue. This was a Monday, and the same day that “the largest cargo ship to visit the United States” pulled up to unload its freight at the Port of Seattle.

We filmed the one-block section of Occidental Avenue in question from 10:30am – 7:30pm. During a nine-hour period, we captured light civilian traffic with clear conditions and virtually zero use for Port shipping containers.

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Arena Analysis: FEIS and SDOT Review

Seattle_Arena_Southwest_Aerial_01After being approved by the Seattle City Council and King County Council in 2012, the Sodo arena proposal underwent an exhaustive series of studies regarding transportation and environmental impact.

The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) concluded that “no significant adverse impact related to land use will occur as a result of the project.”

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) recommendation found that “the segment proposed to be vacated is not included in the Port’s important Heavy Haul Network. This is a clear sign that Occidental is not necessary to freight movement or Port Operations.”

Download the full Seattle Arena FEIS  |  FEIS Appendix E  |  FEIS Appendices F, G

Download the full SDOT Recommendation

KING 5 coverage of FEIS

KING 5 coverage of SDOT recommendation