The Real Deal New York

Famous skaters back Kingsbridge Armory ice rink

January 31, 2012 05:30PM

Former Canadian professional hockey center Mark Messier and Olympic skating gold medalist Sarah Hughes have joined in an effort by the Kingsbridge National Ice Center group to transform the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx into a skating rink complex, Crain’s reported.

Investors Jonathan Richter and John Nolan presented the proposal, which lays out plans for a 5,000-seat arena, eight other rinks and a public school, to the land use committee of Bronx Community Board 7 last week.

“When I first heard ice hockey in the Bronx, there was a question mark in my mind,” said Economic Development Corporation President Marlene Cintron, who was recently briefed on the proposal. “But when they made their presentation, I ended up with ice hockey in the Bronx with an exclamation point.”

The plan would create 300 full-time jobs that pay a living wage of at least $10 an hour, Crain’s said. [Crain’s]