Saint Laurent Tribute Yves Sandals Sandals Yves Platforms c1e3db

Saint Laurent Tribute Yves Sandals Sandals Yves Platforms c1e3db
Skip to content

Saint Laurent Tribute Yves Sandals Sandals Yves Platforms c1e3db

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)
Givenchy Black Leather Open Toe Bootie Platforms,

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.Tory Burch Tan Pacey 65 Mm Wdge - Equestrian Calf/Patent 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.Sam Edelman Black Katarina Sandals Leather 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.

Stella McCartney Black Velvet Platform Loafers 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.

Barneys New York Blac Formal Shoes,
Giuseppe Zanotti Black Suede Gold Accessory Formal Shoes,

Versace Brown New Leopard-print Calf Hair Open Toe Boots Platforms,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 Taupe Snakeskin Embossed Criss Cross Caged Sandals Platforms,

Lanvin Beige 38 (7.5) Leather Wedge Sandal Heels Aw563mon12a Platforms,

Tory Burch Pink Penny 70mm Slide 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.

Christian Louboutin Black Passmule 100 Sandal In Patent 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.Jimmy Choo Black Patent Pence Leather Thongs with Cork 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.Salvatore Ferragamo Nero Parigi Drivers Formal Shoes,

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.Christian Louboutin Tan Open Toe Platforms,

Christian Louboutin Black Bianca Spikes 140 Patent Soft Platforms,

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

Pleaser Tan Black Brown Sandals Platforms,

But at least two council members, Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Pete von Reichbauer, appeared supportive of the plan and sympathetic to the Mariners.Kenneth Cole Reaction Camel Nine West Wedges,

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


“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.Saint Laurent Black Jane Robyn Suede Mary Wavy Pumps Wedges,

Christian Louboutin Black Cataclou 140 Stud Suede Sandal Heel 40 Wedges,

“Burberry Black Red and White Kavanagh Woven Wedges,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.

Lanvin Silver Block Heel Formal Shoes,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.Christian Louboutin Red Larissa Plato 150 Suede Platforms,

Tory Burch Red Peep Toe Wedges,Giorgio Armani Black New Women Patent Leather Slim Heel Peep Toe Pumps Sandals Wedges,Tory Burch Brown Lilah Leather Braided Espadrille Wedges,Stuart Weitzman Black 2176311 Formal Shoes,B Brian Atwood White Sheer Peep Toe Bootie Formal Shoes,Christian Louboutin New Special Collection Platforms,Stuart Weitzman Black Gladiator Sandals Platforms,Stella McCartney Black Star Two-piece Leather Sandal Platforms,Stuart Weitzman Tortoiseshell Patent Leather Slip On Wedges,Tory Burch White and Blue Lucia Floral Wedges,Christian Louboutin Black Studded Cork Wedges,Prada Black Cap Toe Heels Formal Shoes,Christian Louboutin Black and Gold So Private 120 Calf/Calf Lamin 1050159 Platforms,Jimmy Choo Brown Leather and Suede 'halley' Sandals Platforms,Steven by Steve Madden Black/Tan/Taupe Platforms,Daya by Zendaya Blue Jean Mesa Ankle Wrap Sandal Wedges,J.Crew Brown Ankle Tie Espadrille Wedges,Miu Miu Mui Mui Black Wedges,Dolce&Gabbana Brown Dolce & Gabbana WedgesChristian Louboutin Silver 1180467 Formal Shoes,Christian Louboutin Miss Poppins 140 Platforms,Christian Louboutin Rose Pink Private Number 120 Patent Sling Pump 37.5 New In Box PlatformsB Brian Atwood Nude Tan Suede Swarovski Crystal Heel Pumps Platforms,Tory Burch Sally Tumbled Leather Wedges,Belle by Sigerson Morrison Metallic Champagne Strappy Sandal Wedges,Stuart Weitzman Tan with White Leather Abandon Vachetta Wedges,Cole Haan Closed Toe Formal ShoesJimmy Choo Black Jeweled Cuff Ankle Stiletto Special Edition Formal Shoes,SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Blue New High Heels PlatformsStuart Weitzman Tan Crocheted Wrap Adjustable Gold Buckle Straw Sandal Platforms

Mike Rosenberg: 206-464-2266 or; on Twitter: @ByRosenberg.
View Comments
Christian Louboutin Red & Blue Platforms, 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.

Sophia Webster Lavender White Orange Lime Blue Black Atlanta Pastel Platforms,