The saga surrounding the Occidental Avenue vacation is finally scheduled to come to an end.
Two weeks ago, the Sustainability and Transportation Committee voted 4 to 1 to move the vacation to the full Council. The four yes votes were Rob Johnson, Mike O'Brien, Bruce Harrell, and Tim Burgess. The lone no vote was Sally Bagshaw. Nine amendments were added to the petition at that meeting and it's possible that more could be added today.
One of those amendments is the recently agreed upon scheduling agreement between the arena team, the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders, and the Seattle Mariners. Other amendments include lighting along pedestrian walkways, stronger language on sidewalk widths and the Safeco Field access road, and a pro rata payment towards the Lander Street overpass by Chris Hansen and his ArenaCo team.
In addition to Bagshaw, Council member Lisa Herbold has indicated she will vote against the vacation, despite saying last year that she "would respect the vote of the 2012 City & County Councils if all of the conditions of that deal are met." The remaining Council members - Kshama Sawant, Debora Juarez, and Lorena Gonzalez - have kept their votes close to the vest. The petition only needs a simple majority to pass, so assuming the parties vote the same as they did two weeks ago, one more "yes" will get the deal done.
Watch the meeting here: