KeyArena Redevelopment Progresses with MOU

By Joe Veyera

A more than $600 million plan to redevelop KeyArena with the hopes of luring professional hockey and men’s basketball to Seattle moved one step closer to reality on Monday, after the Seattle City Council voted 7-1 to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Oak View Group.

Councilmember Mike O’Brien was the lone dissenting vote, while Lorena Gonzalez was not in attendance.

Under the agreement, OVG is responsible for the entirety of project costs, in addition to overruns, along with $40 million in neighborhood transportation improvements over the term of a 39-year lease, as informed by a mobility action plan also paid for by the group.

Construction is expected to begin by the end of next year, with an opening of the renovated venue in October 2020.

KeyArena in its current state. Photo by Joe Veyera

KeyArena in its current state. Photo by Joe Veyera

“This redevelopment unlocks the potential for the best new arena for sports, entertainment, high-tech expos, concerts and more — with partners who have already demonstrated their commitment to partnering with the City for success,” she said.

In a separate statement, Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda said she was, “proud to support a project aligned with the progressive values and shared prosperity for which Seattle is now legendary,” as she cast her first vote.

“We are experiencing a unique moment in our City’s history and with it comes an opportunity to preserve one of our cities most iconic public assets for the benefit of the public good,” she said. “This project recreates a world-class, multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility (including women’s sports!) which will become a cherished part of Seattle’s legacy.

Monday’s vote, while a key milestone in the process, won’t be the last one by the council. The MOU provides a framework for a development agreement, lease agreement, and Seattle Center Integration Agreement, all of which still require council approval in the coming months.

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Queen Anne Real Estate Report – November 2017

The Seattle real estate market is still one of the most talked about in the nation. Though that hasn’t changed, many home prices have. There were 63 sales in the Queen Anne neighborhood last month, 31 single-family homes and 32 condos.

Sold this year by Ewing and Clark

As Seattle grows, so does the value of the homes. The median sales price for a single-family home jumped from $935,000 (Nov. 2016) to $1,042,000 (Nov. 2017). The average selling price was $1,346,971 and the average listing price was $1,390,692. The highest sold listing was $6,200,000, compared to $2,850,000 in November 2016.

Condominium sales in Queen Anne continue to rise in price. The median sales price increased from $352,500 (Nov. 2016) to $467,500 (Nov. 2017). The average selling price was $524,075. The highest sold condo was recorded at $1,175,000 and the lowest was $179,000.

There are currently 42 active listings and 60 pending.


December 13th is a Design Review for an 8-Story Interbay Apartment Building

By Joe Veyera

A proposed eight-story development in Interbay with nearly 100 apartments will again go before the West Design Review Board later this month.

A recommendation phase meeting for the project is set for Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave. W.), almost 10 months after architects received positive feedback on the plan during early design guidance.

The proposal for 3008 16th Ave. W. currently calls for 93 residential units and 45 parking spaces; down one apartment and eight spots from what was presented in February.

At that meeting, the board expressed its support for the project’s preferred “Jewel Box,” massing option, and how it affected the configuration of its units (providing both a north or south view in addition to one of 15th Avenue West), and a rooftop common room.

The board also encouraged the continued development of an, “articulated, modulated, and textured design expression,” to keep the design from becoming merely a flat cube, and wanted to see a potential blank façade on the building’s north side be further studied, both in terms how it would interact with future development and how to integrate art or another cultural reflection in the meantime.

Pastakia + Associates and Teutsch Partners are the developers for the site, with Urbal Architecture serving as project architects. That firm lists the, “contrasting composition [which] consists of a grounded base and light upper stories with shimmering, airy details,” and, “contemporary facades with a mix of highly transparent materials, vertical metal siding and unique geometric angles,” as among the project’s key features on its website.

Comments on site planning and design issues regarding the development may be submitted through Dec. 12 via email to, or to City of Seattle – Seattle DCI – PRC, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019.

For more information on the development, and a full list of documents, visit and enter project number 3026027.

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Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in December

We wish you happy holidays this December! Here are some fun holiday happenings around the Queen Anne neighborhood.

All December: Winterfest
10am – 6pm | Seattle Center
Experience the annual Winterfest events at Seattle Center all month long! There’s a beautiful winter train and village to enjoy daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and an ice skating rink that is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Additionally, there will be ice sculpting every Saturday from 12 noon until 2 p.m. and Dickens Carolers on Sundays from 2 – 3 p.m.

All December: The Nutcracker
10am – 6pm | McCaw Hall
Don’t miss this holiday tradition! George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is now playing at McCaw Hall. Performances are at varying times on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays each week through December 28th

December 2 – 3: Urban Craft Uprising
10am – 5pm | Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Make a dent in your holiday shopping and browse handmade goods at the Seattle Center’s Urban Craft Uprising. There will be more than 150 vendors, selling everything from clothes, jewelry, accessories, housewares, art, paper goods and more! This event is free to attend, and the first 100 attendees will receive a free swag bag.

December 3: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast features an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on December 3rd, with live music by Skandia Kapell, Spelmanslag and Nordleik. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

December 5: 107.7 The End’s Deck the Hall Ball
3pm | KeyArena
The annual Deck the Hall Ball from 107.7 The End returns on December 5th with a lineup that includes Odesza, Portugal. The Man, Joywave, The Killers, J Grgry, The Lumineers, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and so much more!

December 10: Luciafest
3pm – 5pm | Swedish Club NW
The patron of this time of year for Swedes is Saint Lucia, and she and the season will be celebrated at the Swedish Club NW with Luciafest! On December 10th, enjoy tasty baked goods fiddle music, and dancing around the tree. The price is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.

December 18 – 29: Winter Camps
9am – 4pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Kids ages 4 – 10 can now register for the Winter Camps at Seattle Children’s Museum. Each day will have a designated theme that’s matched with fun activities as well as educational programs. Register for a half day, full day or full week!