The purpose of this fanpost is simply to place an excellent post by Davispunx in a place that can be easily linked to when discussing Sacramento's arena timeline advantage.
AB 900 gives Sacto the edge for sure - by Davispunx
AB 900 criteria:
The project must exceed $100 million and not result in any net additional emissions of greenhouse gases?
Check…this project replaces an existing arena with a newer/state of the art facility. You could probably argue that GHG’s will be reduced especially with better access to transit.
The project also must create high-wage, highly skilled jobs that pay prevailing and living wages and provide construction jobs and permanent jobs for Californians.
No brainer check.
The applicant also must enter an agreement with the lead agency that all mitigation measures will be enforced and monitored. Additionally, the applicant bears the burden of costs for any hearing or decision before the Court of Appeal.
Check. This is a requirement of all CEQA projects anyways.
The applicant must gain certification approval from the Governor and Budget Committee .
I dont know about this, but this I assume this is where Steinberg comes into play.
The project is infill development so impacts will be limited to like traffic and temporary construction impacts. Any lawsuit on environmental is going to be very flimsy. Assuming this stuff gets approved by the end of April here is the timeline for completion of environmental review:
30 days for contracting with a consultant/Getting state budget approval of leadership project
90 days to prepare draft EIR and conduct public scoping
45 day Mandated Public Review
30 days to prepare final EIR and certify/Release RFP for construction bids
175 days (up to) To account for litigation
That's basically a year to do the environmental so that would be complete by April 2014…assume 2 years construction and this thing is ready to go for the 16/17 season with time to spare.
The following is my additional thought.
Consol Energy Center, built by Ron Burkle's group for the Pittsburgh Penguins, broke ground on August 14, 2008 and opened the doors 2 years and 4 days later on August 18, 2008. The average NBA arena build time from ground break to opening seems to be about 2 years and 2 months. So even using the NBA average, that would allow at least 90 days extra even assuming that the arena would have to be completely finished to open or that the 2016 season couldn't begin with the Kings playing a few months still in Sleep Train Arena.
My opinion is that it is entirely feasible that an arena could be essentially ready for the Kings to play in it all or most of the 2016-2017 season.
I have no idea if the same can be said for the Seattle arena timeline, but there has been much talk about the EIS and challenge process being not nearly as streamlined in Washington.