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Record No: Res 31628    Version: Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 11/23/2015
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION relating to the Seattle Center Department; expressing support for a $5,000,000 payment to the Seattle Opera for enhancements or other public benefits to the renovation or replacement of the Mercer Arena.
Sponsors: Nick Licata
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Summary Att A - Site Map, 3. Signed Resn_31628.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsSeattle Channel
12/1/20152 City Clerk attested by City Clerk  Action details Meeting details
12/1/20152 Mayor returned  Action details Meeting details
12/1/20152 Mayor Signed  Action details Meeting details
11/30/20152 City Clerk submitted for Mayor's signature  Action details Meeting details
11/23/20151 City Council adoptedPass Action details Meeting details
11/16/20151 Select Budget Committee adopt as amendedPass Action details Meeting details
10/26/20151 City Council referred  Action details Meeting details
10/20/20151 City Clerk sent for review  Action details Meeting details
10/13/20151 Mayor Mayor's leg transmitted to Council  Action details Meeting details


CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION _________________

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A RESOLUTION relating to the Seattle Center Department; expressing support for a $5,000,000 payment to the Seattle Opera for enhancements or other public benefits to the renovation or replacement of the Mercer Arena.
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WHEREAS, the Seattle Center Century 21 Master Plan ("Plan") is a 20-year management plan that contains Planning and Design Principles to guide redevelopment at the Seattle Center and encourages the use of public/private partnerships as one method to achieve redevelopment; and
WHEREAS, the Plan envisions that McCaw Hall and the Mercer Arena will be the permanent home for the Seattle Opera ("Opera"), including the location of administrative, rehearsal, and technical support facilities for the Opera. The Plan also envisions accomplishing the goals of the Theatre District Plan to enhance the vitality of performing arts venues along Mercer Street; and
WHEREAS, the Opera is a world-renowned performing arts organization that has presented arts programming that greatly enhance the cultural and economic life of the City; and
WHEREAS, the Opera requires a permanent home for its administrative, rehearsal, and technical support functions, and its planned Mercer Arena project is integral to the success of the Plan, the Seattle Center Theatre District, and the surrounding Uptown Urban Center; and
WHEREAS, the City and the Opera entered into a ground lease for the Opera's use of Mercer Arena and Seattle Opera began paying rent for use of the Mercer Arena on June 30, 2014; and
WHEREAS, the Mercer Arena has been closed since 2003 due to seismic and code compliance deficiencies and currently produces no public benefits, and that although the Arena redevelopment to be undertaken by the Opera under the terms of lease will improve the facility, additional enhancements to the Arena will provide additional benefits to the City's facility and to the vitality of the Seattle Center; and
WHEREAS, the...

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