Yesterday we noted on The Daily Weekly that the Port of Seattle released three studies it commissioned looking at the potential traffic and economic impacts on the Port if Chris Hansen's proposed SoDo NBA/NHL arena is built. Not surprisingly, the reports forecast adverse affects for traffic in SoDo should Hansen's plans come to fruition.
From yesterday's post:
As a report on the potential impact of a SoDo arena on Port of Seattle operations (prepared by Heffron Transportation, Inc.) notes in its overview:
The proposed new arena in the SoDo neighborhood will adversely affect operations of the Port of Seattle's marine cargo terminals, some of which are located directly west of the site identified for the new arena. Standard practice and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) require the proponent of any large new development with the potential to create significant adverse impacts to determine, dis-close, and as needed, mitigate those impacts. To date, insufficient analysis has been performed by the arena proponent, the City of Seattle, or King County to determine the specific magnitude of impacts of the new arena.
As with any story related to the proposed arena, yesterday's post inspired reader feedback, including harsh words from a commenter under the name "no-arena" who, well, says "no" to the arena plan.
As no-arena writes:
Who needs a report, simple common sense is enough to know the traffic disaster that is currently SoDo would become a nightmare with an arena. I spend too much time stuck in SoDo trying to get out, it ruins my day consistently as is. We do not need or want an arena and there weren't enough basketball fans here to keep a team the first time. Stop wasting our time and money, stop making traffic worse and worse in this town, GO AWAY.