New sketches released of proposed Sodo arena


SEATTLE - Designers working for investor Chris Hansen have released new images of a proposed NBA/NHL arena in the Sodo neighborhood, including a preferred option with a "front porch" to downtown Seattle.


The third of three options "maximizes the footprint of the site to create a 'front porch' to downtown,1st Avenue and Occidental St." with a stepped plaza that "gradually transitions to the concourse level."


The Seattle City Council approved a deal for the $490 million basketball and hockey arena in September.  Construction will begin when private investors secure an NBA team.