SEATTLE - The Seattle Arena project has slowed way down.

The City's Department of Planning and Development, which is leading the Environmental Review of the project, confirmed Tuesday that the timetable has been lengthened for the review of the nearly half-billion-dollar proposal.

Bryan Stevens, spokesperson for DPD, said in a statement:

Comments on the draft EIS are being reviewed so that they can be responded to within the final EIS document. Additional technical information may also be prepared as needed. With the final EIS expected sometime in March 2014, and Council processes thereafter, a decision on the proposal isn't likely before late summer 2014.

The Memorandum of Understanding on the project calls for an EISto be done, and a team to be acquired, before construction can begin.

Chris Hansen's investment group had previously been looking to finish the EIS by earlier this fall. That timeline was laid out as the team looked to close a deal for the NBA's Sacramento Kings franchise. NBA Owners ultimately voted against the purchase and relocation. The Kings begin their season in Sacramento tomorrow.

The Arena issue, and location, has been a topic in the Seattle Mayor's Race. Incumbent Mike McGinn championed the deal, and continues to call it a good investment for the city. He says he's recently spoken with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman about hosting a team in the city. His challenger, Ed Murray, said during a KING5 debate he is supportive of the Arena Memorandum of Understanding and is very thoughtful legislation.

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