Longshoremen’s Union to Appeal SoDo Arena Ruling

Travis Pittman, March 4, 2013, King 5 News

A longshoreman’s union who unsuccessfully sued to stop construction of a basketball and hockey arena in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood said Monday it plans to appeal the ruling.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 said it believes the Feb. 22 ruling by King County Superior Court Judge Douglass North failed to acknowledge that the Memorandum of Understanding between King County, the City of Seattle and the investment group led by Chris Hansen is a violation of the State Environmental Protection Act.

A press conference to announce the appeal is expected Tuesday.

The ILWU is concerned that adding a third stadium to the area south of downtown would choke freight traffic and cost jobs. The union sued, saying an environmental review should have preceded any agreement.

Hansen’s attorney argued that no final decision on the site has been made.

The NBA is planning to vote on the proposed sale and move of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, but Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson announced last week that local investors had stepped forward to make an offer to buy the team.

Hansen must have a team before he can begin construction on a Seattle arena.

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