To no great surprise, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's office says it has received plenty of questions about what's next in the Seattle arena-building process now that the sale of the Sacramento Kings to an investment group led by Chris Hansen has officially been announced.
And thanks to those questions, the mayor's office has provided a handy-dandy timeline of what's coming up.
As was noted by McGinn's office in a Tuesday afternoon press release: "There is more work ahead to make sure that Seattle is a long-term home for the Sonics. In addition to entering an agreement on the temporary use of the Key Arena for the Sonics, the City also needs to continue its formal review process and permitting work for a new arena in Seattle."
Here's a more specific breakdown of what's ahead, courtesy of the same press release:
January 22 - Early Design Guidance Meeting for a new arena
February 22 - Cross motions for summary judgment on SEPA process
March - Anticipated completion of negotiations on Key Arena use agreements to allow new team to play in the facility.
March - Anticipated completion of negotiations on key transaction documents. These documents, which cover issues such as the City purchasing the arena land and leasing it back to ArenaCo and the City and the County purchasing the completed Arena, will be submitted to Council after the permitting process is complete in early 2014. Some details will await the completion of the SEPA process.
April - NBA Board of Governors meeting, where the NBA will make a decision on relocation
Late April - Publish Economic Impact Study on new arena
May - City Council reviews Economic Impact Study
May/June - ArenaCo applies for Master Use Permit and Draft Environmental Impact Study is published.
Now you know.
And don't forget: somewhere along the way the city will have to deal with at least two lawsuits regarding the proposed arena.