The city issued a permit July 23 for initial work toward changing the Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex into the Jacksonville Icemen Igloo for the city’s expert hockey staff.
The Igloo, at 3605 Philips Highway, is element of San Marco East, at Interstate 95 and Emerson Road.
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 mentioned at a information conference March 30 that building will start off in August and take 10 to 12 months.
The renovation, excluding the $6 million to obtain the residence, is envisioned to value $12.5 million.
Andy Kaufmann, vast majority operator of the Icemen, reported previously the Icemen Igloo will comprise two ice rinks, a sports activities bar, protein store, esports arena and the Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame.
The sporting activities bar will have floor-to-ceiling windows so guests can try to eat and drink with a view of the rinks.
The next ice rink will be created initial so men and women can carry on to skate at the facility during the renovations.
“Since coming to Jacksonville in 2017, the Icemen have demonstrated their commitment to this city time and time again,” Mayor Lenny Curry claimed at the news meeting.
Metropolis Council voted 17- on March 23 to approve Ordinance 2021-0113, which authorizes a 20-year, $6.5 million bank loan at 3% interest and a $1 million completion grant for Iceman affiliate Icemen Igloo LLC.
JICE LLC, managed by Kaufmann, purchased the Sportsplex on March 15 for $6 million from PSF I Jax Metro LLC, according to the Duval County Clerk of Courts.
Icemen representatives and administration officials say the deal would present schools in the North Florida region a house rink, produce interior-town hockey and educational applications and draw in youth and grownup hockey and figure skating tournaments from during 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 declared June 29 the team 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 introduced the renovation. The challenge is getting formulated and managed by Icemen Igloo. LLC, a Zawyer Sports activities corporation, which also owns the Jacksonville Icemen.
They announced the group will commence management of the facility Aug. 1.
The launch said the $18.5 million investment decision is being funded through neighborhood investors and $7.5 million town loan and grant.
It claimed the latest one-rink making will feature two NHL/ECHL regulation dimensions rinks, a athletics-themed restaurant and lounge, new locker rooms, conference rooms, snack bar, Icemen group and pro store, Icemen teaching facility, Zawyer Athletics and Icemen headquarters and a new Jacksonville Sporting activities Hall of Fame.
The VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena is the team’s dwelling arena.
The Icemen household opener for the 2021-22 year is scheduled Nov. 6 in opposition to the South Carolina Stingrays.