The Kingsbridge Armory may become a ginormous ice-skating rink
The landmark Bronx building will be renovated into a 750,000-square-foot indoor ice facility, with nine rinks and more.
Tue Apr 23 2013
Photograph: Courtesy NYC Mayor's Office
Rendering of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center
The Bronx may soon be getting its own massive sports complex: Today, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled plans (and renderings) to turn the Kingsbridge Armory into a 750,000-square-foot indoor ice-skating facility. The building has been vacant since 1996, and plans for some sort of ice rink in the space have been in the works since last year. (This comes after failed proposals to turn the structure into a shopping mall and a velodrome.) Thanks to a $275 million investment, those plans may become a reality within the next five years.
Under the proposed plan, the complex would have nine (!) separate ice-skating rinks, including two handicapped-accessible spaces, as well as a wellness center and a retail space with concession stands. Sporting leagues and recreational skaters could utilize the rink, but it could also be used for pro hockey games, ice-skating tournaments and ice shows.
If all goes according to plan, construction would begin next year, with phase one of the project completed by 2018, and phase two by 2019. And there's a possible economic benefit for the surrounding neighborhood, too: The project would allegedly create more than 260 permanent jobs, and nearly 900 construction positions during the building phase; the Daily News reported that the group providing the investment has guaranteed both a living wage for local employees, and that 51% of positions would go to Bronx residents.