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Neighbors, business voice concerns over KeyArena renovation

Neighbors and local business owners crowded into the Armory at Seattle Center on Monday to voice their concerns over the two-year renovation plan to KeyArena. (File photo)

SEATTLE – Neighbors and local business owners crowded into the Armory at Seattle Center on Monday to voice their concerns over the two-year renovation plan to KeyArena.

Monday’s meeting was the only time members of the public could alert the city in person over any issues in the draft environmental impact statement.

The draft breaks down the renovation plans to KeyArena.

Ahead of the meeting, nearby business owner Matt Walton is bracing for the arena’s construction.

“Sure I’m concerned, like I don’t know what it’s going to do to foot traffic, and for a couple years there won’t be any events,” said Walton, who opened the Sugary Bakery across from KeyArena in October.

The city said it had received 30 comments before Monday’s hearing.

These comments will be included in the final environmental impact statement, expected to be published in September.

In December, the Seattle City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with Los Angeles-based Oak View Group to privately finance a roughly $600 million remodel that would nearly double the square footage of KeyArena.

The Oak View Group says it expects the NHL to sign off on the franchise in September.

In the EIS draft, the Oak View Group proposes to start construction by October 2018 with the arena ready for professional hockey by 2020.

You can submit public comment on the arena renovations by June 7, here.

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