Seattle Center will host a community meeting to gather public input on the South Fun Forest development proposals on Wednesday, July 7th, 6:00-8:00pm, in the Center House Food Court. Attendees may meet the proposers informally and talk with them at an open house immediately preceding the meeting, 4:30-6:00pm.
Your attendance and input will help the review committee in making their recommendation. The group is evaluating each proposal according to a set of established criteria and hopes to conclude deliberations in August. Those criteria are:
A. Compatibility with and contribution to the Seattle Center vision, existing facilities, and the unique mix of programs, attractions and open spaces at Seattle Center.
B. Compatibility with the Center 21 Master Plan.
C. The proposer’s ability to create and operate a high quality experience for patrons.
D. Proposer’s financial condition.
E. Proposed financial return to the City.
F. Anticipated benefit to the public.
G. Proposer’s initial and ongoing investment in the site and future services.
H. The proposal’s impact on future Seattle Center capital expenditures or increased net operating costs.
I. How the proposer expects to partner with Seattle Center to achieve the Seattle Center vision.
Once the group has time to evaluate each proposal according to those criteria, a short list of the top-ranked proposals will be established and additional information-gathering or interviews will be completed by the evaluators.
The review panel will make their recommendation to Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams. Seattle Center will then make a recommendation to the Mayor, who will determine how to proceed. The Seattle City Council will become involved if the Mayor chooses to send a proposal to the Council for adoption.
Thank you again for your interest. Because of concerned citizens like you, we have successfully opened up the process and look forward to continuing the dialogue. I hope you’ll remain engaged as the process moves forward.