Bronx leaders applaud Kingsbridge National Ice Center living-wage plan

Leaders and members of the community applauded developers who pledged to fulfill their promise for a community benefits agreement. Developers say the center will create

Community leaders and Kingsbridge National Ice Center partners today celebrated signing a promise to bring living-wage jobs to the Kingsbridge Armory.

Community leaders and Kingsbridge National Ice Center partners today celebrated signing a promise to bring living-wage jobs to the Kingsbridge Armory. (5/20/13)

KINGSBRIDGE - Community leaders and Kingsbridge National Ice Center partners today celebrated signing a promise to bring living-wage jobs to the Kingsbridge Armory.

Leaders and members of the community applauded developers who pledged to fulfill their promise for a community benefits agreement. Developers say the center will create more than 800 construction jobs and hundreds of jobs that pay at least $10 an hour, with health benefits.

The 750,000-square-foot landmark will be transformed into nine ice rinks. Developers say some of that area will be set aside for community space, and at least 25 percent of contracts will be made with local businesses.

Former New York Rangers center Mark Messier and Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes are helping to develop the after-school ice sports and academic tutoring program.

Construction will start next year and is expected to be completed by 2017.

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