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Today In SoDo Arena Developments: How Bout An Entertainment Complex, Too?

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The long and winding road back to Seattle Sonics basketball continues to bemuse, annoy and inspire, depending on which side you're on. While he waits on the results of a lawsuit from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, developer Chris Hansen is not one to simply wait around.

Hansen told the Puget Sound Biz Journal that along with the new basketball/hockey arena, he wants to bring an "entertainment complex" to the area surrounding it, Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field. The proposed complex would go along First Avenue South between South Massachusetts Street and Edgar Martinez Way South.
Hansen says he'd like to bring something akin to LA Live complex that's across the street from Staples Center in Downtown LA, which includes various restaurants, shops, a movie theater and more. He thinks this version needs to be more in the vein of what's good for Seattle (Wolfgang Puck out, Tom Douglas in?).

Hansen admits he's not entirely interested in building the complex himself, but would like to work with others in making sure "it's done right." Assumedly, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are not among them.
· Arena backer Chris Hansen details his ideas for a Sodo entertainment district [PSBJ]
· Delay Of Game: Union Files Suit Over SoDo Arena [~CSEA~]
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Sean Keeley