The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has approved a two-year noise variance while the Oak View Group completes its $700 million renovation of KeyArena.

SDCI issued its decision on Oct. 31, and Oak View Group (OVG) officially took over control of the KeyArena site on Oct. 8.

OVG requested the variance to exceed noise level limits set in city code between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays and 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. on weekends and legal holidays in order to expedite construction. KeyArena is expected to reopen by November 2020, and city and local leaders are currently working to bring NHL and NBA teams to Seattle.

The demolition, excavation and hauling process is underway. The developer stated this six-month process could double in duration without the variance, according to the signed decision by SDCI director Nathan Torgelson.

“OVG’s application states that compliance with existing sound level limits during arena renovation would render the project economically or functionally unreasonable due to factors such as the financial cost of compliance or the impact of complying” with city code during the project’s construction, according to the decision.

Conditions set through the approved variance include a requirement that OVG establish a staffed complaint hotline, and that all noise complaints be addressed within 30 minutes by an independent noise monitor. OVG also must provide an updated Noise Management and Mitigation Plan (NMMP). The decision states the variance will not cover 7-9 a.m. on weekends.

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