THE BRONX - Developers behind a proposed ice center at the Kingsbridge Armory say that it will rein in huge financial benefits for the local community.
According to Knic Partners, the Kingsbridge National Ice Center would bring $1.7 billion in total benefits to the Bronx over the course of its 99-year lease.
The company outlined how it came up with the fiscal amount during a presentation at Lehman College. It says the number includes $458 million in wages, donated space for a community center, and free or discounted rates for local schools.
The transformation of Kingsbridge into a nine-rink indoor ice facility would make it the largest ice rink facility in the world. It has support from the likes of Olympic champion figure skater Sarah Hughes and the center's new CEO, hockey legend Mark Messier.
Community Board 7 will vote on the plan Tuesday night. If approved, it will then go to Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and ultimately land in front of the City Council.
For more on the proposal, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.