DECEMBER 4, 2015

MISC 

Fish & Wildlife in talks to bring regional HQ to Ridgefield

December 1, 2015, Vancouver Business Journal

The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDF&W) is pursuing plans to construct a new regional headquarters at the Port of Ridgefield.

Last month, the state agency notified the port that it had qualified as the “apparent successful proposer” for the construction and leasing of a new, 31,000-square-foot WDF&W regional headquarters. The notice allows the agency to enter into negotiations with the port without providing a formal commitment.

Read more: http://www.vbjusa.com/news/top-stories/fish-wildlife-in-talks-to-bring-regional-hq-to-ridgefield/

 

 

TRANSPORTATION 

Seattle should delay street vacation until NBA team is secured

By Seattle Times editorial board, December 3, 2015, The Seattle Times

THE Seattle City Council must take further steps to protect public interest before giving up precious roadway for an NBA arena with no team in sight.

The city is preparing to vacate a block of Occidental Avenue South, as part of a questionable deal to finance a $490 million stadium in the Sodo industrial area.

Read more: http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/seattle-should-delay-street-vacation-until-nba-team-is-secured/

 

City Council to decide fate of Hansen’s Sodo Arena as early as January

Emily Parkhurst, December 2, 2015, Puget Sound Business Journal

Debate over developer Chris Hansen’s Sodo Arena project is about to heat up again and some are already declaring the project dead.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sent a proposal to the City Council, asking for approval to hand over a chunk of Occidental Avenue South to the developers for the project, according to the Seattle Times.

The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma have protested that decision. The Port of Seattle said recently it was ramping up its campaign against the project, arguing that it will interfere with freight traffic to and from Terminal 46, one of the port’s busiest.

Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2015/12/city-council-to-decide-fate-of-hansens-sodo-arena.html

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