KINGSBRIDGE - Local businesses are holding out hope that the conversion of the Kingsbridge Armory into an ice skating complex will help revitalize their community.

The 750,000-square foot facility will feature nine ice rinks and is expected to draw millions of visitors each year. Likewise, nearby store owners on Kingsbridge Road and Jerome Avenue are banking on new customers, especially in the wake of the recession.

However, other business owners say they're concerned about congestion and a lack of appeal.

The armory has been vacant since 1993.

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