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Record No: CB 118459    Version: Council Bill No: CB 118459
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 8/10/2015
Ordinance No: Ord 124832
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to the ground lease between The City of Seattle and Experience Music Project authorized under Ordinance 118336; authorizing the Seattle Center Director to execute a second amendment to the ground lease.
Sponsors: Jean Godden
Supporting documents: 1. Att 1 - Second Amendment to Lease v2, 2. Summary and Fiscal Note, 3. Summary Att A - Potential Revenues to Seattle Center, 4. Summary Memo (8/4/15), 5. Signed Ord 124832
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to the ground lease between The City of Seattle and Experience Music Project authorized under Ordinance 118336; authorizing the Seattle Center Director to execute a second amendment to the ground lease.
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WHEREAS, in 1996, Seattle City Council enacted Ordinance 118336 authorizing the Seattle Center Director (Director) to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Experience Music Project regarding the development of the Experience Music Project at Seattle Center, and authorizing the Director to negotiate and enter into additional agreements, including a ground lease, consistent with the terms of the MOU; and
WHEREAS, Experience Music Project's full incorporated name is Experience Learning Community and its d/b/a name is Experience Music Project (EMP); and
WHEREAS, effective June 1, 1997, the City entered into the Ground Lease Between The City of Seattle (City) and Experience Music Project (Ground Lease), consistent with the terms of the MOU, for premises which EMP used to construct, maintain, and operate a museum to conserve, catalogue, and exhibit musical instruments, costumes, photographs, posters, and other objects which explore the history of rock and roll, popular music, and other various genres within the popular arts; and
WHEREAS, on May 27, 2010, the Director and EMP amended the Ground Lease to address certain matters consistent with the terms of the MOU; and
WHEREAS, the Ground Lease includes the right for EMP to be the sole facility on City-owned property at Seattle Center to operate a full service restaurant with a Class H liquor license, with the exception of KeyArena, Mercer Arena, one Armory restaurant, and the property eventually sold by the City to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and
WHEREAS, EMP's exclusive rights with respect to liquor sales at the Seattle Center limits the City's options for attracting new inv...

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