On Tuesday, March 15 at 5:30 pm the City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed “street vacation” for a section of Occidental Avenue in Seattle’s Stadium District – this is the final step in the EIS process.
If you plan on testifying in support of the street vacation for Sonics Arena make sure to show up at least an hour early to sign-up. If you don’t want to testify, just show up wearing your green and gold.
Public Hearing Tip-Off!
Join KJR, Kevin Calabro and fellow fans for a public hearing tip-off.
Tip-Off Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room Main Floor, Tuesday, March 15 at 4 pm.
Public Hearing Council Chambers 2nd Floor, Tuesday, March 15 at 5:30 pm.
Consider taking transit to the meeting. The Pioneer Square Bus Tunnel and Light Rail stop is only a few blocks away, and the 3rd Avenue Corridor is also nearby.
Tips for Testifying
Be Brief Keep your comments under a minute – if you are speaking on behalf of a group or organization your remarks should be under 5 minutes — and ask any members of your group present to stand as you testify.
Be Polite Remember that those against building the Arena also have a right to be heard.
Talking Points to Consider
After a lengthy environmental review process the Seattle Department of Transportation recommended the street vacation.
The Seattle Mariners received street vacations for Safeco Field and the Mariners Parking garage.
The street vacation is the final step of the EIS process and will give the investment team the green light to build an arena which puts Seattle in the best place it can be to take advantage of opportunities that will come up.
Approving the street vacation will show the NBA and NHL we are ready to welcome professional teams to our city.
The Mayor and the Seattle City Council deserve our thanks for all the hard work they’ve done over the past three years to bring us to this exciting moment.
One More Thing…
Have fun! This is a special opportunity to be a part of bringing back our Sonics!
Unable to attend? Please email your support to the Seattle City Council at [email protected] You can also show your support on Twitter via the hashtag #gametime.