DMSX Donald Donald DMSX J. Pliner Black Boots/Booties 59d815

DMSX Donald Donald DMSX J. Pliner Black Boots/Booties 59d815
Skip to content

DMSX Donald Donald DMSX J. Pliner Black Boots/Booties 59d815

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)
Chloé Pink Sz: M Ballet Flats,

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.Christian Louboutin Black Multi Ares Spike Tissu Espadrilles- 35 Flats,

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.Valentino Beige Rockstud Espadrille Stud Flats,

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.

Kenneth Cole Rose Quartz Wynn Belted Flat Sandals,

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.

Christian Louboutin Black - Pigalle Follies Sequined 100mm Pumps,
Christian Louboutin Gray Pigalle Follies Fusain Camo Flannel Stiletto Pumps,

Louise et Cie Black Lo-vernonia Boots/Booties,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.Tory Burch Yellow Modern Suede Flats,

Tory Burch Gold Melinda Sandals Leather Flats,

Christian Louboutin White Floral Solasofia Hawaii Pointy Toe Flats,“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.

Tory Burch Navy Miller - Piano Stripe - Sandals,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.Balenciaga Multi-color Black Wrap Snake Print Leather Sculpture 9 292683 Pumps,

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.Christian Louboutin White/Blue * So Kate Pointed Toe Python "Vulcano" 100 Painted Python Pumps,

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.Elizabeth and James Black Manor Wedge Boots/Booties,

Tod's Black Loafers Suede Leather Driving Flats,

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

Burberry Beige Slippers Ballerina Leather Eu 35 36 Italy Flats,

But at least two council members, Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Pete von Reichbauer, appeared supportive of the plan and sympathetic to the Mariners.Jeffrey Campbell Brown Tan Cap Toe Flats,

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


Beautiful soft leather boots. Very comfortable. Slip on

“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.Tory Burch Cobalt Blue Emmy Sandals,

Christian Louboutin Gold Lisabeth Opal Pvc Stiletto Pumps,

“Christian Louboutin Red Marylineska 100 Eel Bow Strap Sandal Heel 37 Pumps,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.

Jimmy Choo Black Safari Calfskin Leather Boots/Booties,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.Cole Haan Red Driving Moc Flats,

Sergio Rossi Red Hearts Leather Slide Sandals,Dolce&Gabbana Dolce & Gabbana Blue Striped Patent Leather Heels Pumps,Christian Louboutin Purple Pigalle Follies 100 Merlot Suede Heel Pumps,Banana Republic Black Davida Ankle Boots/Booties,Jimmy Choo Gold Coarse Suede Loafers Flats,Burberry Black Haymarket Aston Ballerina Flats,Cole Haan Flat/Wedge 7b. with Lots Of Life Left. Used As Shown. Super Soft Nike Air Technology Flats,Tory Burch Brown Heart Coconut Veg Leather SandalsValentino Nude Poudre Rockstud Patent T-strap Cage 100mm Pumps,Dior Black Silver Leather Logo Pointed-toe Knee-high Boots/BootiesSam Edelman Black Penrose Ankle Boots/Booties,Dolce&Gabbana Black Dolce & Gabbana Leather Flats,J.Crew Sienna Black Cat Collection Sloan Calf Hair D'orsay 5m E0036 Flats,Aerosoles Black and White Sunscreen Zebra Flats,Tory Burch Light Brown 234567 Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Purple Suede Pointed-toe Thick-heel Pumps,Bandolino Black with Silver Hardware Bddistrict Le Boots/BootiesFrye Gunmetal Melanie Slip On Flats,Bernie Mev Brown Metallic Catwalk Flats,Tod's Tan/Orange 'gommini' Driving Moccasin Flats,Miu Miu Ballerina Calzature Donna 34.5 Flats,Free People Black Iridescent Gladiator Juliette Sandals,Dolce&Gabbana Dolce & Gabbana Canvas Bellucci W. Mink Black Pumps,Dior Black Silver Diorissimo Canvas Knee-high Boots/Booties,Jeffrey Campbell Brown Leopard Print Flats,Cri de Coeur Black Hearts Of Darkness By Style Enchant Ballerina Booties Flats,Attilio Giusti Leombruni Brown and Black Patent Agl FlatsAnn Marino Black Worn Twice Ballet Flats,Tory Burch Rose Gold Terra SandalsChristian Louboutin Black Patinana Strass Red Sole Sandal Pumps,

Mike Rosenberg: 206-464-2266 or; on Twitter: @ByRosenberg.
View Comments
Tory Burch Black Leila Loafer Leather/Guilted Suede Gold Reva Flats, 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.

Donald J. Pliner Gold Metallic Leather Hidden Wedge Square Toe Flats,