As KING 5's Chris Daniels reported this morning, Hansen recently locked up two more parcels of SoDo land for a cool $5.5 million. Located at 1712 and 1722 1st Avenue South, this most recent land deal means Hansen has dropped more than $40 million on land for his proposed arena so far - even though the Seattle City Council has yet to give the plan its official blessing (in the form of an approved MOU).
Here's a chunk from Michael Mahoney's Best of Seattle ode to Hansen:
The Oklahoma City Thunder are a monument to Howard Schultz's greed, David Stern's indifference, Clay Bennett's duplicity, and local politicians' complicity. Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 (eventually) will be a testament to Chris Hansen's generosity, loyalty, and commitment--and to the passion of a wounded fan base that never stopped believing.
Nothing says commitment like bringing out the checkbook.