On the same day Chris Hansen is scheduled to meet with the King County Council to discuss his proposed SoDo arena, Port of Seattle Commissioner Tom Albro once again voiced concerns regarding the potential NBA/NHL facility - using possible traffic issues and the economic future of the port as the backdrop for his worries.
A story by the Associated Press describes Albro's comments to the King County Council, which came this morning, prior to Hansen's scheduled 1:30 p.m. sit-down with the very same body:
Port of Seattle Commissioner Tom Albro told the King County Council on Tuesday that a third stadium would be a "job killer" unless a lot of money is spent mitigating the impact of a new facility. Albro said he's not opposed to bringing the NBA back to Seattle, but other locations should be considered.
"Basketball, good. That siting, without massive mitigation, bad," Albro said. "Siting an arena there is a job killer for us."
Short quotes, good. But according to County Councilman Larry Gossett, Albro's SoDo fortune-telling abilities, bad.
More from the AP:
"I don't know how you can already be able to make that prediction, when in fact traffic mitigation has already been looked at by the city ... nothing remotely suggests that the building of a stadium in SoDo would be massively bad for our community," Gossett said.
Which way the King County Council will eventually sway on the arena proposal is still anyone's guess, though a decision is expected by sometime this summer.
But while we're on the subject of fortune telling, here's guessing Hansen shows up to this afternoon's rendezvous with the King County Council dressed something like this ...
UPDATE:Hansen told the Associated Press this morning that it could take 5-7 years to secure an NBA franchise should his arena deal be approved. Luckily, patience is a virtue.