In the News: MOHAI Agreement With the City

1947 photo of Naval Reserve Armory Building. MOHAI plans to rehabilitate and relocate to this City Landmark. / Source: Puget Sound Regional Archives

On September 16th at the Seattle City Council Parks and Seattle Center Committee meeting, six Councilmembers voted to recommend passing Council Bill 116995 (there was on abstention), related to the redevelopment of the old Naval Reserve Armory Building at the south end of Lake Union and amending the development agreement between the City of Seattle and the Museum of History and Industry, or MOHAI. The museum is slated to relocate to the armory building because its current building in Montlake will be demolished as a result of the SR 520 expansion.  MOHAI will receive substantial mitigation money from the State for the major cost of relocating its museum and rehabilitating the landmark Armory Building.

MAin2 first posted about this issue on September 2nd. At the Sept 16th committee meeting, Council Chambers was filled with MOHAI supporters from a broad spectrum. The full City Council vote on the MOHAI agreement will be on September 27th. Parks and Seattle Center Committee Chair, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, has an update on her blog. The local media and blogs have been following the issue. Here are some interesting links to follow: