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Record No: CB 119150    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119150
Type: Council Bill (CB) Status: In Committee
Current Controlling Legislative Body Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries, and Waterfront Committee
Final Action:
Ordinance No:
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to Volunteer Park; authorizing the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation to enter into a development agreement and lease with the Seattle Art Museum for the renovation and continued occupancy for recreation purposes of the building that has historically housed the Seattle Asian Art Museum; and ratifying and confirming certain prior acts.
Sponsors: Debora Juarez
Attachments: 1. Att 1 - Development Agreement, 2. Att 1 Ex F - Final Project Design (part 1 of 4), 3. Att 1 Ex F - Final Project Design (part 2 of 4), 4. Att 1 Ex F - Final Project Design (part 3 of 4), 5. Att 1 Ex F - Final Project Design (part 4 of 4), 6. Att 2 - Lease Agreement
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Summary Att A - Satisfaction of Conditions Letter, 3. Presentation
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to Volunteer Park; authorizing the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation to enter into a development agreement and lease with the Seattle Art Museum for the renovation and continued occupancy for recreation purposes of the building that has historically housed the Seattle Asian Art Museum; and ratifying and confirming certain prior acts.
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WHEREAS, in 1931, the Art Institute of Seattle, predecessor to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), constructed the building currently housing the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park and upon completion, conveyed the building to The City of Seattle (City); and
WHEREAS, the Volunteer Park museum was SAM's sole location until 1991 when, after moving its principal venue to downtown Seattle, SAM renamed the building SAM's Asian Art Museum Building (SAAM Building) and it became the home for SAM's internationally-recognized Asian art collection; and
WHEREAS, the SAAM Building is an historic landmark that has not been substantially renovated or restored since it was completed in 1933; and
WHEREAS, by 2007, both the City and SAM recognized that the SAAM Building required substantial renovation, including replacement of systems needed to provide modern climate control that properly protects historic artifacts and works of art, along with structural elements such as seismic stabilization, ADA access, and other major improvements to enable SAM to continue operating in the SAAM Building; and
WHEREAS, the City and SAM agreed to share in the cost of the renovation, then estimated to cost approximately $22,000,000; and
WHEREAS, in 2008, Seattle voters approved a renewal of a levy to support the City's parks, which ballot measure included $9,000,000 towards the City's share of the renovation cost; and
WHEREAS, with the onset of the Great Recession in 2009, both general economic conditions and SAM's own challenges following the seizur...

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