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Rye Brook Ice Rink on Fast Track, but Planning Board Asks for More

The Village of Rye Brook is accommodating the ice rink developer’s request to move through the process as quickly as possible.

Rye Brook village officials are accommodating a developer’s request to expedite the approval process for a new 140,000 square-foot ice rink facility, but the planning board still needs more information in order to move the application forward. 

The planning board asked the developer for more information on traffic studies and steep slopes before it would make a recommendation to the Village Board of Truestees at its Dec. 13 meeting.

The new 140,000 square-foot ice facility would include four ice rinks, locker rooms, bleacher and heated mezzanine seating for more than 1,000 people and open seating for 320, and 244 of parking spaces. It is located to the east of SUNY Purchase College near two residential developments at 1100 King Street in Rye Brook.

Developer Reckson Operating Partnership, the current owner of the office park currently located at that address, hopes to have the facility built by Sept. 1, 2013, in time for next year’s hockey season.  

Reckson has already submitted a traffic study that its engineers said concluded the ice rink would have little impact on the current traffic in that area.

“It is a 58 car difference,” said Mike Galante, a Reckson consultant.

But the planning board requested additional information on traffic during peak hours at more nearby King Street intersections.  

The board also questioned the developers plan to develop steep slopes in order to avoid trucking materials off the site.

Board member Domenic Accurso pointedly asked the project’s engineers “are you creating steep slopes because you don’t want to truck dirt off site?”
After some hemming and hawing, the engineer said “yes.”

Board Chair Gary Zuckerman told the developer he wanted to see a resolution to this issue in the most environmentally sound way possible by the next meeting.

The Planning Board voted to move its Jan. 10 meeting to Jan. 3 in order to accommodate Reckson and in hopes they would have enough information from the developer in order to provide a recommendation to the Village board by their next meeting on Jan. 8. Accurso voted against this decision.

While officials in Rye Brook help Reckson move forward, officials in the City of Rye have expressed concern over the ice rink plans, calling it a “threat.” They are worried about the potential impact a new ice rink might have on the county-run Playland ice casino, located in the City of Rye. The Ice Casino was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, the city council is expected to adopt a resolution stating its support of the agreement between Sustainable Playland Inc., the non-profit organization chosen by County Executive Rob Astorino to manage Playland, and the County. Under the agreement, SPI will manage the ice rink as well as several fields and other changes to Playland. Read more on that here. 

Do you think the Rye area could use a new ice rink? Tell us in the comments. 

PC Expat December 17, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Is there anyway Rye Brook could get this rink to add even more kids to the Port Chester School System? Because that would be optimal.
Meg Morgan January 11, 2013 at 06:01 PM
As an adult figure skater who skates 4 days a week I can tell you that rink time is extremely hard to find, especially for those of us who skate year round. I live in Gwich and travel to Mamaroneck, Elmsford, Stamford, now Chelsea Piers....it is difficult to find ice time. Many people who I know (some adult hockey players, have to play at 10 pm in order to get ice time....). Girl's hockey and synchronized skating are also two sports that are gaining in popularity. My daughter attends school in the area, and I drive her each day so I deal with King St. traffic every morning. So as a skater and someone who deals with King Street traffic, I can assure you that rink time is precious and that this area would benefit greatly from additional rinks. Also, new rinks need to address the CO factor that some of the older rinks without proper ventilation are dealing with. Studies done on the CO levels at some of the local rinks (Zamboni fumes) were alarmingly high.
Meg Morgan January 11, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Wow, pretty harsh. My home rink used to be STR before my coach passed away. The young men who ran front desk and acted as guards were some of the finest hardworking teens I have met. Could not ask for a more polite group of teens. Most were working to put themselves through school. I am a 47 year old mom, and I have skated at every rink in Fairfield and Westchester. I have never had anything other than a positive experience at every rink. Terry Conners let me stay on the ice for an extra hour because the schedule had changed and I only had 15 minutes after a 30 minute drive. I have had pro shops go out of their way to find a screw when a blade needed tightening. My experience with walking into an ice rink has been nothing but pleasant. I take the sport very seriously, and have expensive boots and blades, leave my car keys and cash in my bag and not once have I ever had a thing go missing.
D. Ouche January 11, 2013 at 07:26 PM
"Unsavory Individuals" Wow, you are such a Screw Bag!
wj January 14, 2013 at 04:57 AM
THere is very high demand for ice time in Westchester and Fairfield counties. Youth boys and girls hockey is extremely popular. Practice time is very difficult to come by, and that is only more the case with Rye Playland Ice Casino out of commission. Also, many ice rinks are very old and in need of upkeep. I support the efforts to add more sheets of ice locally. A modern facility would be wonderful for the area.

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