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Another lawsuit filed in Seattle to stop SoDo arena

Design proposals are already being worked over, but another lawsuit has been filed to stop the arena from being built. This time the complaint is over the use of public funds. (Image courtesy the City of Seattle/360 Architecture)

Just as we’re getting our hopes up about the chance the Sacramento Kings might move to Seattle there’s a new lawsuit to stop the SoDo arena.

It’s the second lawsuit filed to stop Seattle and King County from pitching in to help investor Chris Hansen with his plans to build the sports arena.

The new lawsuit alleges the use of $200 million in public funds violates a Seattle rule requiring the city make a profit on the investment.

The suit was filed on behalf of four Seattle taxpayers. It argues the promise of future revenues through rent, arena taxes and interest payments isn’t enough.

The Seattle Times reports a court date has been set for next month.

The unions representing Port of Seattle workers have also sued the city and King County over the proposed arena.

Meanwhile, design firm 360 Architecture is continuing to develop plans for the new arena. They are going through a formal design review process, a first-of-its kind for a Seattle sports facility.

The options for the $490 million, 18,000- to 20,000-seat facility include soaring glass, brick and concrete walls, wide, cascading entrance steps, with views of Elliot Bay and Mount Rainier from the top.

360 Architecture Inc. has told the city’s Design and Review Board that the new arena will be unique and pedestrian friendly, and blend well with the neighborhood.

KIRO Radio’s Kim Shepherd contributed to this report.

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