Don Levin has talked with Bellevue officials for two years about an NHL-sized arena in Bellevue, but he went public just before a key vote Monday on Chris Hansen’s Sodo plan.
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The Seattle way…conflicting interests some that are unsubstantiated such as the Port’s claim of the consequences to service traffic that will not be affected by 98 – 100% of the Arena events. Perhaps the Port should have addressed their own traffic issues previously. They sound like typical opportunists. And so now we have Don Levin who by virtue of misdirection may affect not only the council’s vote, but even the feasibility of Chris Hansen’s proposal due to the potential loss of an NHL franchise to Bellevue. It seems the Sodo deal is the best available, yet the potential of both NBA and NHL franchises are required to keep it afloat – and so now we have the counsel who may use this conflicting arena proposal to delay or choose to vote no which may cause Hansen to walk away. If this is the case all pipe dreams are up in smoke with at the outside perhaps the NHL plays in Bellevue, although this is yet to be seen. There are no sure things as is the norm, then they become the impossible and unlikely through failed or lack of leadership – the Seattle way.
The council needs to proceed at this point with blinders on with respect to Levin’s proposal. Levin needs to jump on board with Hansen and help rather than hinder the SODO process. Heck Levin, maybe you could be the “man” with respect to bringing NHL to SODO!