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SEATTLE BASEBALL SITE APPROVED AMID COMPLAINTS
Published September 10, 1996
The WA Public Facilities District board voted 6-0 to approve the "so-called" Ackerley site, located a block south of the Kingdome, over two other nearby areas for the proposed Mariners' baseball stadium, according to Steven Goldsmith in the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER. Applications for permits, needed to build a stadium and permanently close a section of traffic, will be submitted to the city Department of Construction and Land Use today. Opposition to the chosen "remains," including local leaders "seeking measures to prevent ballpark traffic from blocking out neighborhood residents and customers." Citizens groups are "fighting to overturn" the tax plan that constitutes the "lion's share" of the ballpark's $330M budget. But the "most serious threat" comes from clothing maker C.C. Filson Co., whose plant would be torn down to make room for the ballpark. Filson has filed several lawsuits trying to "stop the ballpark board from selecting the site." Filson's latest appeal for "emergency injunctive relief" was denied yesterday by the WA State Supreme Court. Ballpark advocates said "fair compensation and full relocation assistance" are available to Filson and other affected businesses (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 9/10).