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

Rendering of Kingsbridge National Ice Center

Rendering of Kingsbridge National Ice Center

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.

The latest ice-rink news comes after the opening of the McCarren Rink and South Street Seaport Rink in the fall; the LeFrak Center at Prospect Park's Lakeside complex will open December 20.

(h/t The New York Times)

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