Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, which has been vacant since 1996 and occupies a full City block, will be redeveloped into a 750,000-square-foot ice sports facility to be known as Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC). Kingsbridge National Ice Center will feature nine year-round indoor ice rinks, including a 5,000-seat feature rink for major ice hockey and skating events.
The City has announced plans to transform the iconic Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx—vacant since 1996—into the world’s largest indoor ice facility. The landmark armory, which occupies a full City block at 29 West Kingsbridge Road, will be redeveloped into a 750,000-square-foot ice sports facility to be known as Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC). KNIC will feature nine year-round indoor regulation size ice rinks, including a feature rink that can seat approximately 5,000 people and be used to host national and international ice hockey tournaments, figure and speed skating competitions and ice shows. The project will also include 50,000 square feet of space designated for community uses as well as 480 public parking spaces created in the basement levels of the building.
The proposed project site is located in the Kingsbridge Heights neighborhood of the Bronx and the Armory building occupies most of the site located on the block bounded by West 195 Street, Reservoir Avenue, West Kingsbridge Road, and Jerome Avenue. In addition to the Armory building, the project site includes small landscaped areas east, south, and west of the building. The Armory is a designated New York City Landmark (NYCL) and is listed on the New York State and National Register of Historic Places.
The project would involve some changes to the existing exterior of the historic structure, to provide additional pedestrian, ADA, and vehicular access as well as to accommodate required mechanical systems. These are anticipated to include several new pedestrian entrances and exits on the north side of the building, a new accessible entrance at the southwest corner of the building, and a new vehicular entrance and loading dock on the north side of the building. Solar panels are proposed to be installed and alterations to the historic structure would be designed in consultation with and subject to approval by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).
The project represents a private investment of $275 million, which will generate 890 construction jobs and 267 permanent jobs.
It is anticipated that site preparation and construction for the project would commence in late 2014 and the first full year of operation is expected to be 2018.