Ice sports complex coming to Kingsbridge Armory


Slap shots, triple axels and throwing curling stones are not the first things that come to mind when thinking of the Bronx. That could soon change.

On Tuesday, standing on the immense drill floor of the Kingsbridge Armory, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced the city had come to an agreement with a developer to turn the world’s largest armory into the world’s largest ice sports complex.

The Kingsbridge National Ice Center, which the developer plans to open partially by 2018, will feature nine all-year round indoor ice rinks, as well as a 5,000-seat main rink and 50,000 square-feet of community space.

Those gathered to announce the long-awaited agreement included a smattering of elected officials. Members of the development group KNIC Partners LLC, said the historic building would be transformed into an international destination for hockey tournaments, figure and speed skating competitions and ice shows. They expect to draw more than two million visitors per year.

“Ladies and gentleman, this is a great day for the Bronx, this is a great day for the community, this is a great day for good ideas. It’s long overdue,” Mr. Diaz said.

KNIC Partners LLC, founded by Kevin Parker, will invest $275 million to redevelop the armory. The project will create 890 construction jobs and 267 permanent jobs.

A few years ago, it looked like the armory would remain vacant, as it has since 1996.

During his speech, Mr. Bloomberg acknowledged the battle that took place in 2009 between his administration and Mr. Diaz. The Bloomberg Administration had supported a deal to turn the 575,000 square-foot building into a shopping mall. Mr. Diaz, with the backi ng of many community groups and other Bronx elected officials, opposed the plan because they felt the low-wage jobs and more retail stores near Fordham Road would hurt the Bronx’s economy.

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At least our elected leaders figured out that with the majority of minority children of the borough not knowing how to swim, at least the safest thing to jumping in the water, is to jump on ice. Mr Bloomberg I hate to agree that you were right. Nothing more stimulating than 100 degree sweltering heat and a ice skating rink in the middle of the Bronx. Mr. Diaz maybe we can use your pension fund to pay for the maintenance.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rather than have so many rinks, wouldn't it make sense to put a swimming pool or some other sports on different floors? Very glad to hear that the rink is coming, otherwise.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

I'd just like to know who the hottie is on the right, next to the midget.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

I will believe it when I see it. After someone decides to perform a five year long Environmental impact study and then they parade out the special interest groups that demand a free "Day Care Facility" for the do nothing segment of the population the backers will get disgusted and remove their financial backing.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

That's great news. I used to live down the street from the Armory. Great to see it put to a good use.

Monday, July 22, 2013