The Kingsbridge Armory ice-skating complex is going to happen
The $320 million Bronx development has gotten approval after a last-minute deal with City Council, and is scheduled to open in 2017
Wed Dec 11 2013
In April, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled a proposal (and renderings) for the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, a proposed ice-skating complex to be built in the Kingsbridge Armory. And now, the plans will become a reality: The City Council approved the project, which is expected to open in 2017. In addition to nine rinks, the complex will include stores, a community facility, a dedicated space for afterschool activities, a 457-space parking garage and a 5,000-seat arena.
The decision comes after a long battle to redevelop the Armory, which has come to symbolize the borough's trials since it was built in 1971. The last-minute deal was made only after the developer, KNIC Partners, promised $470,000 to address community issues, such as increased traffic. The developer also promised to pay employees a living wage, bolster local businesses and support students in the area; they also allege that the project will create short- and long-term jobs in Kingsbridge.
(h/t The New York Times)
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