City officials say Mayor Mike McGinn will announce his decision for what should replace a children's arcade at the Seattle Center campus—a Chihuly museum or studio space for local radio station KEXP—sometime within the next month.
"We’re talking about what different ideas could look like in the center," said Aaron Pickus, McGinn's spokesman, when asked to confirm that McGinn was working to relocate both projects on campus. He said that the mayor's staff has met with representatives from the Chihuly, KEXP, and Open Platform projects, and while he said that the mayor wasn't at a point where a decision could be made, "we're hoping there will be an announcement by the end of this year."
In September, a committee tasked with recommending a project for the site unilaterally chose to a Chihuly museum (with no recommended alternatives). However, according to the mayor's office, Seattle Center director Robert Nellams never formally presented the committee's recommendation to the mayor, instead choosing to present multiple projects—KEXP, Chihuly, and the outdoor event space Open Platform—for consideration.
Now Deborah Doaust, spokeswoman for Seattle Center, says that the Seattle Center has concluded their part in the process. "It's in the mayor's office," she says. "It's in their hands now."
And the waiting game continues.