Seattle Design Commission Michael Jenkins, Director

Seattle Arena

Review Status

We are reviewing the request to vacate (close) the block of Occidental Ave S to construct the Arena. We have reviewed the project several times over the last three years.

On September 3, 2015, we approved the public benefit package of the proposed vacation, with several conditions and recommendations.

Project Description

The petitioner proposes to vacate Occidental Ave S between S Massachusetts St and S Holgate St in the SoDo neighborhood to facilitate development of a 750,000-square-foot, 18,000-20,000-seat multi-purpose arena for NBA basketball, NHL hockey, other sporting events, concerts, and shows. The project site is bounded by S Massachusetts St to the north, 1st Ave S to the west, S Holgate St to the south, and the BNSF Railway right-of-way to the east. The vacation of Occidental Ave S would increase the developable area of the project site by roughly 17.5%. The proposed development includes a plaza space at the northwest corner of the site and widened sidewalks along 1st Ave S and S Holgate St.

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