Port commissioner says own arena report 'unsatisfying'

Port commissioner says own arena report 'unsatisfying'

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Port commissioner says own arena report 'unsatisfying'

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by CHRIS DANIELS / KING 5 News

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Posted on August 6, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 6 at 6:49 PM

SEATTLE - A Port of Seattle commissioner says a report due Tuesday identifies traffic issues, rather than solutions, in the event of a new SODO sports arena.

John Creighton said Monday night the long awaited study, commissioned by the Port of Seattle, identified bottlenecks and areas which need to be addressed in the neighborhood. 

Investor Chris Hansen wants to build a $490 million NBA/NHL arena just south of Safeco Field.  Creighton, who has been briefed on the report, acknowledged the results may be "unsatisfying.”

"I think key points are (that) the report aggregates data from prior studies to identify freight hot spots and issues that need to be addressed," said Creighton. "We are looking to the freight master plan update and/or the arena EIS to provide better clarity on specific projects that are needed."

Creighton, who has served on the Port Commission since 2006, also said he hopes to work with the city of Seattle to craft a strategy going forward and fully develop a freight master plan by 2013.

The Port of Seattle is expected to formally release the results Tuesday morning, with a commission meeting slated for Tuesday afternoon.
 

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