The city issued a permit July 23 for initial do the job toward changing the Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex into the Jacksonville Icemen Igloo for the city’s skilled hockey team.
The Igloo, at 3605 Philips Freeway, is aspect of San Marco East, at Interstate 95 and Emerson Avenue.
Bluewater Builders Inc. of Coral Springs is the contractor and Chiodini Architects of St. Louis, Missouri, is the architect for the believed $400,000 undertaking for demolition and interior structural perform.
Icemen President Bob Ohrablo said at a news convention March 30 that building will begin in August and acquire 10 to 12 months.
The renovation, excluding the $6 million to buy the assets, is envisioned to price $12.5 million.
Andy Kaufmann, majority owner of the Icemen, explained previously the Icemen Igloo will comprise two ice rinks, a athletics bar, protein shop, esports arena and the Jacksonville Sports activities Corridor of Fame.
The sporting activities bar will have flooring-to-ceiling home windows so friends can consume and drink with a perspective of the rinks.
The next ice rink will be built to start with so folks can carry on to skate at the facility throughout the renovations.
“Since coming to Jacksonville in 2017, the Icemen have shown their commitment to this city time and time again,” Mayor Lenny Curry said at the news conference.
City Council voted 17- on March 23 to approve Ordinance 2021-0113, which authorizes a 20-year, $6.5 million mortgage at 3% interest and a $1 million completion grant for Iceman affiliate Icemen Igloo LLC.
JICE LLC, managed by Kaufmann, bought the Sportsplex on March 15 for $6 million from PSF I Jax Metro LLC, in accordance to the Duval County Clerk of Courts.
Icemen representatives and administration officials say the deal would deliver schools in the North Florida area a home rink, produce interior-metropolis hockey and instructional applications and appeal to youth and grownup hockey and determine skating tournaments from in the course of the Southeastern U.S.
From 2017-21, the Icemen served as the ECHL affiliate for the Winnipeg Jets (NHL) and Manitoba Moose (AHL).
The Icemen announced June 29 the group entered into a multiyear affiliation arrangement with the NHL’s New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack.
On April 1, the metropolis and the Icemen announced the renovation. The undertaking is staying designed and managed by Icemen Igloo. LLC, a Zawyer Sports company, which also owns the Jacksonville Icemen.
They declared the group will commence administration of the facility Aug. 1.
The release claimed the $18.5 million financial investment is becoming funded via neighborhood traders and $7.5 million metropolis mortgage and grant.
It claimed the recent a person-rink setting up will function two NHL/ECHL regulation size rinks, a sports-themed restaurant and lounge, new locker rooms, conference rooms, snack bar, Icemen staff and professional shop, Icemen instruction facility, Zawyer Sports and Icemen headquarters and a new Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame.
The VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena is the team’s property arena.
The Icemen property opener for the 2021-22 period is scheduled Nov. 6 towards the South Carolina Stingrays.