According to a report for Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR, the Arena Review Panel appointed by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine has come back with some favorable reports of their month long inquiry into the arena proposal set for by Chris Hansen for Seattle's SODO district.
Panel chairwomanJan Drago noted that the findings were "generally favorable" and should be under serious consideration from the city in her opinion.
Crabtree reports that the consensus of the panel is "no business endeavor is completely risk free", but felt that this specific proposal is a sincere attempt of Hansens group trying to handle any problems up front. From here, creating a streamlined base of understanding between Hansen, the city and county will be crucial to move forward, then it will likely go to a vote to the city and county councils. King 5 is reporting that more details are needed to get a full grasp of the impact on the surrounding areas.
One of the larger road blocks is the unfavorable light that the Seattle Mariners have been casting on the situation. Traffic and parking concerns are only part of the reasons that the M's are against this deal, but hopefully everything can get smoothed out to keep all Seattle sports fans happy.
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