Proposed Greenwood Iceplex Draws Residents to City Council Meeting
GREENWOOD, Ind. -- A proposed building that would house two ice skating rinks and two additional turf areas for field hockey and other sports brought out more than 100 people to the Greenwood City Council meeting Monday night.
The planned facility, known as the Greenwood Iceplex at 850 W. Stop 18 Road, would be a joint effort between Jim and Sean Hallett, the owners of the Indy Fuel hockey team, and the City of Greenwood. The plan is to offer 6.3 acres of Freedom Park on the west side of the city to the Halletts to build a 115,000 square foot complex at an estimated cost of $20 million. The city would still own the property and would lease it to the Halletts for 60 years. One the building is completed, the Halletts would be given tax breaks over the course of five years including no taxes paid to the city in the first year it opens.
Sean Hallett says there is a need for an ice hockey and ice skating facility on the south side of Indianapolis.
“Greenwood is just a good central area. It’s a good population. There are a lot of communities that wanted a facility like this, and I feel like we’re in the right spot here in Greenwood,” says Hallett.
While the city council meeting attracted several parents with children who told the council they would benefit from having a nearby ice hockey facility, the meeting also brought out several residents who addressed the council to voice their opposition to the project.
“The traffic is already horrendous, and that’s just for the residential area. We haven’t even opened the new [Greenwood] Middle School yet. [The city] hasn’t done any traffic studies to see the impact of that [Iceplex],” says Heather Garrett of Greenwood who lives in a housing addition near Freedom Park where the facility is being considered.
The proposed building was approved on March 13 by the Greenwood Economic Development Commission, which now allows for approval by the Greenwood City Council. The proposal requires a first vote of approval during their next meeting on Monday, April 3, with a final vote of approval on Monday, April 17.
If approved by the city council and approved by Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers, construction would begin around Sept. 1, 2017 with a scheduled open date of Oct. 1, 2018.
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93.1 WIBC’S C.J. MILLER REPORTING.
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