City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   Sports arena ruling upheld by appeals court
9/9/2013  4:30:00 AM
Kimberly Mills  (206) 684-8602

The Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1, on Monday dismissed the appeal of a lower court decision that held the agreement among the City, King County and Chris Hansen to build a $490 million sports arena did not violate state environmental laws, as the International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 19 claimed.

“The city and county remain free to change course,” the 3-0 decision stated. “The memorandum of understanding does not commit them to action. In summary, the trial court properly concluded that the memorandum of understanding is not an ‘action’ within the meaning of SEPA and judicial review is not available.”

King County Superior Court Judge Douglass A. North issued his ruling from the bench after oral arguments from the three parties on Feb. 21


“Our office has worked hard to ensure that the review process for the proposed arena complies with SEPA,” City Attorney Pete Holmes said. “I am pleased that the court agrees with us.”

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