And not responding to those emails, the city says, is why the Sodo arena plan hasn’t been resubmitted to the city council for consideration.
Records supplied Thursday night by the city’s transportation department state that at least three requests for additional information were sent out last March and April to a group pitching a new sports arena in the Sodo district.
The Sodo arena group, led by entrepreneur Chris Hansen, has said it never received any such request. And on Thursday night, Hansen’s land-use lawyer, Jack McCullough, said he’d been led to believe the city didn’t require any additional information from him.
“The idea that we would intentionally or unintentionally fail or refuse to reply to anything is absolutely illogical,’’ McCullough said.
The city claims the lack of a response from Hansen’s group is why its arena plan has not yet been resubmitted to the city council for consideration.
The time-stamped documents from the city indicate the dates on which the various requests were “sent to petitioner’’ — March 20, 21 and April 10 — but do not mention who they specifically went out to or whether they were received. In one of the documents, though, official minutes from a Seattle Design Commission meeting on April 6 at which transportation department official Beverly Barnett spoke, had her saying her agency was “reviewing additional public benefit elements and have requested information to see if data used for the transportation analysis needs to be updated.’’
Hansen had representatives at that meeting, including McCullough and spokesperson Rollin Fatland.
But McCullough said Thursday that a different city agency – the department of construction and inspections — told him it was fine not to update the transportation study, which was initially done more than two years ago. He said even though the city says the request for updated traffic information was made on March 20,…