Kingsbridge Armory plan frozen at state capital

Construction of the world's largest ice skating rink at the former Kingsbridge Armory is facing more delays at the state capital.



The armory, which was supposed to open this year will hold nine ice skating rinks, a community space, a wellness center, and could bring as many as 400 jobs to the Bronx. 



However, only if developers can allocate a $108 million loan in the new state budget.



State lawmakers failed to pass the budget Saturday, and now Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking for a two-month extension of the current budget just to keep the government running. 



It's just the latest bump in the road for the Kingsbridge Armory.



Developers sued the city and accused the mayor of trying to derail the project. 



But the lawsuit was eventually tossed out.



Yet despite these setbacks, a neighborhood group is determined to see the project become a reality.



Even after lawmakers iron out the budget, and if the loan stays in the plan, construction at the armory has to go through a public approval process before developers are allowed to take control of the lease and begin renovating.


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