StoryMetropolitan King County Council Reagan Dunn released this statement after the vote on the SODO arena proposal:
“As I have said from the beginning of this process, I strongly support bringing NBA basketball back to Seattle along with an NHL franchise.
“I was unable to support the arena proposal in its current form. I have many reservations about the proposed location, including the arena’s potential impact on existing businesses, future growth at the Port of Seattle, and local transportation infrastructure. Recent statements by a super-majority of the Seattle City Council, the Port of Seattle, and our state's transportation leaders are also reasons for further study.
“I am hopeful that state, city, and local leaders will be able to work together with the Arena promoters to find consensus in the months ahead. Despite my concerns this afternoon, I am still optimistic about the return of NBA basketball to our region.”