Steve Wingger Madden Blac Style Number: Wingger Steve Wedges 90f374

Steve Wingger Madden Blac Style Number: Wingger Steve Wedges 90f374
Skip to content

Steve Wingger Madden Blac Style Number: Wingger Steve Wedges 90f374

Mariners opening day ceremonies in April 2017 at Safeco Field. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
Mariners opening day ceremonies in April 2017 at Safeco Field. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
Kenneth Cole Reaction Leopard Print Wedges,

The Mariners and the Public Facilities District agreed in May on terms for a 25-year extension to the team’s lease at the stadium. But the deal is contingent on the county council a proposal to send $180 million in hotel-motel tax revenue toward capital projects at Safeco.Cathy Jean Black Excellent Condition Wedges,

Share story

Mike Rosenberg
Seattle Times real estate reporter

A divided King County Council on Monday questioned the Mariners over a plan to give $180 million in public funds toward fixes at Safeco Field, kicking off a debate over whether the money could instead be used on housing.Carlos by Carlos Santana Red Legend Wedges,

The Mariners and the Public Facilities District that oversees the ballpark had agreed in May on terms for a potential 25-year extension to the team’s lease at the stadium, which expires at the end of this year. But the deal is contingent on the county council approving Executive Dow Constantine’s proposal to send $180 million in hotel and motel tax revenue toward capital projects at Safeco.

Sam Edelman Tan Flip Flops Wedges,

The council had its first opportunity to publicly vet the plan Monday ahead of a committee vote that could happen as soon as Aug. 29 — and a full council vote in September.

BCBGeneration Beige Penelope Open Toe Sandals Sand / 38 Eu Wedges,
Katy Perry Black The Casey Platform Sandals / 38.5 Eu Wedges,

Miss Me Sea Green Vanity-3 Wedges,The council framed the issue largely as a choice between giving the money toward the stadium or using it to build affordable housing. Under state law, 75 percent of the lodging tax revenues in question will go toward housing and the arts — split evenly between the two categories — and the remaining 25 percent can go toward promoting tourism, such as the Mariners’ ballpark, or something else such as housing.

Most Read Sports Stories

Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks.

he meeting featured an hour and a half of comments from an overflow crowd that exceeded 50 people, mostly housing advocates and others opposing the stadium financing plan. They carried signs reading “homes over home runs.”

But the most heated part of the meeting came when council member Dave Upthegrove, who is leading the charge against the stadium financing, got a chance to question Mariners executive Fred Rivera.

Upthegrove noted the value of the Mariners, now estimated at $1.45 billion by Forbes, has grown by $1 billion in the past seven years.7 For All Mankind Black Wedges,

Camilla Skovgaard Black Leather W Metallic Front Wedges,

Steven by Steve Madden Nude Steven/Steve Leather Heel Sz.6 Wedges,“Given that, why couldn’t (the Mariners) fund these upgrades rather than drain public resources?” Upthegrove said to uproarious applause from the crowd, some of whom noted the team’s majority owner, John Stanton, has a net worth valued over $1 billion.

7 For All Mankind Black Uma Wedges,Rivera, the team’s legal counsel and an executive vice president, pushed back, noting that the Mariners were eyeing over $800 million in stadium fixes and upgrades over the 25-year lease and that the team would be paying for the vast majority of it. He said the stadium is a publicly owned facility and added that the Public Facilities District, with board members appointed by the county and state, had agreed to the public-funding request.Saks Fifth Avenue Taupe/Brown Sandal Wedges,

He also pointed to the team’s positive impact on the local economy and tax base. And he implied the club’s revenues could take a hit in future years as part of the general concern in baseball that fewer fans are attending games.Geox Natural D Rorie Women's Roxy Sandal Wedges,

The Mariners say the $180 million in public funding would go toward necessary fixes to the stadium’s roof, electrical system and other nuts and bolts of the park. The team also plans to fund some $180 million worth of upgrades, including new clubs, concessions and kids areas.Steve Madden Cork Black Patent Lilacc Wedges,

Via Spiga Nude Quip Patent Espadrilles Wedges,

Councilman Rob Dembowski also seemed skeptical of the Mariners funding plan and asked pointed questions at the meeting.

CL by Laundry Dark Brown Wedges,

But at least two council members, Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Pete von Reichbauer, appeared supportive of the plan and sympathetic to the Mariners.Kelly & Katie Black Natural Women Betsey Espadrille Sz.11 Wedges,

Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.


Manufacturer: Steve Madden
Size: 5.5 Medium (B,M)
Size Origin: US
Manufacturer Color: Black/Gold

“For me it doesn’t have to be an either/or, mutually exclusive situation (to fund Safeco vs. housing),” she said.

Von Reichbauer noted that local officials had to battle to make sure the Mariners didn’t move away before Safeco Field was built and added that he didn’t want another “nose-to-nose battle.” He said he wanted to “publicly thank the Seattle Mariners for providing” what he said was one of the the last family friendly destinations in the region and brought up the MLB attendance decline multiple times.Aquatalia Black and Leopard Print Elena Nappa Suede with Heel Wedges,

Elastic Criss-cross Design 3.5" Heel. Worn Once and In Good Condition Wedges,

“Calvin Klein Sandstorm Women's Pamilla Sandal Wedges,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.

Ivanka Trump Brown Zader Sandals Medium Wedges,Council President Joe McDermott, along with von Reichbauer and Kohl-Welles, had previously co-sponsored the general resolution on spending the lodging tax funds — the plan that includes the ballpark funding. Other council members in attendance asked mostly neutral questions at Monday’s meeting.

The Mariners have said if the county rejects the funding, it would sign a short-term lease to stay at Safeco for up to five years, then go back to the drawing board to negotiate a long-term lease.

The $517 million ballpark, which opened in 1999, was funded largely by taxpayers.Betseyville by Betsey Johnson Black Wedges,

Black & Leopard Print Suede By WedgesMarc by Marc Jacobs Multicolor Canvas and Jute WedgesElle Black Tan and Ivory Wedges,AK Anne Klein Black Espadrilles Platform Ankle Strap Sandals WedgesSteven by Steve Madden Leopard Wedges,Tan with Turquoise Band Vintage Collection Wedges,Geox Black/White D Dori 2 Wedges,Beverly Feldman Navy Sunscreen 25902 WedgesSteve Madden Multi Jewel Tones Wedges,Guess Black and White - Magli WedgesGuess Natural and Black Paisley WedgesMulticolor Leather Ankle Wrap Sandals Wedges,Vince Camuto Black Lizbeth Suede Sandals WedgesBally Beige /Python Nwb Denisa Pip Toe Beige/Python Pumps 35/5 Wedges,Calvin Klein White Pamilla Sandal 11m Wedges,White House | Black Market Rust Rich Wedges,Rebecca Taylor Multicolor 8717 Beaded Cork Sandals 6.5/7 WedgesBandolino Black Beige White Nomee Sandal Wedges,Sam Edelman Brown Nude Leopard Wesley Print Hair Calf WedgesGuess Ivory with Gold Studs Modern Wedges,Express Beige Black and Grey. WedgesNine West Black with Top Silver Zipper and Open Toes and Heels & Ankle Boots WedgesNaughty Monkey Rust The Tight Rope Wedges,Jessica Simpson Blue Great Cond. Slightly Worn Without Box. Wedges,Shi by JOURNEYS Brown Strappy Wedges,Red Neutral Black New Excellent Condition Wedges,Style & Co Black and Tan Espadrille Platform Edge Wedges,Dansko Black Open Toe 3" Sandals 40/9.5 WedgesBanana Republic Tan Yellow Color-blocked Wedges,Lucky Brand Nude New Leather Wedges,

Mike Rosenberg: 206-464-2266 or; on Twitter: @ByRosenberg.
View Comments
Brighton Black and Silver Devon Wedges, No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.
Powered by Livefyre

The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.

White & Silver Leather/Suede Sneakers Wedges,