Full Council vote on MOHAI agreement moved to Sept. 27th



Council Bill 116995, related to the redevelopment of the Lake Union Armory Building and amending the development agreement between the City of Seattle and the Museum of History and Industry, passed through yesterday morning’s Parks & Seattle Committee with a 6-0 vote and one abstention. 

Please note that the date of the full council vote on this issue has been moved back one week to Monday, September 27th, at 2:00pm.  There will be no discussion of MOHAI this coming Monday. One of my fellow Councilmembers has asked for some time to contemplate a possible amendment, and I’m honoring that request.  

If you want to participate in public testimony about MOHAI and witness the vote of the Full Council, please join us in Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday, September 27th.

The city has a longstanding relationship with MOHAI that dates back to 1914 and we have been negotiating and partnering with them on relocation efforts for the last several years.

After thoroughly reviewing the history of this relationship and the components of this legislation, I based my thoughts and decisions on the following questions: Is this deal fair? Is there legal basis for proceeding? And is it beneficial to the people and to the City? My conclusion was an affirmative on all fronts.

Today’s vote solidified our commitment to MOHAI, our commitment to safeguarding the heritage of Seattle, and our commitment to honorably negotiate and live by our agreements.  As a region, we have serious budget concerns and difficult decisions to make in the upcoming months and years.  We should applaud MOHAI for negotiating a solid agreement with – just as had asked them to do.  A deal is a deal, and, as a City, we need to negotiate all agreements in good faith. We endeavor to continue down a path of good governance.

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