Measures were approved last week between the City of Maryland Heights and the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation that will move forward the development and operation of a proposed $68 million multi-purpose ice sports complex on 25 acres in Maryland Heights.
The development and management agreements were approved by the Maryland Heights City Council on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Final approvals for a bond issue to support the facility’s construction are expected to be completed by July 19, 2018.
Under the development and management agreements, the Foundation will build and operate the 275,000-square foot facility at 750 Casino Center Drive and purchase the 25 acres of land it will occupy. Once completed, the City will assume ownership of the complex and the Foundation will become its operator. Site preparation has begun with construction planned for completion by Fall 2019. Summit Development is the developer of the project.
“This is great news for the City of Maryland Heights, the Legacy Ice Foundation and everyone involved in ice sports and recreation in the St. Louis region and beyond,” said Mike Moeller, Mayor of Maryland Heights. “This new amenity will increase tourism and economic development throughout our region and enhance the image of the City as an attractive place to live, work and play. With this new facility, Maryland Heights will become the epicenter for ice sports recreation and competition in the Midwest.”
The multi-purpose facility will contain four ice-sheets to accommodate a wide variety of entertainment and recreational activities and events, while supporting recreational skating, amateur and college ice hockey, figure skating and other ice sports. It will also serve as the training and practice facility for the St. Louis Blues while offering exceptional opportunities for summer community activities for residents of the city and region.
The facility is also expected to serve as the catalyst for additional development in the Maryland Park Lake District, including the possible addition of a family entertainment area.
“We really appreciate the opportunity to work with the City of Maryland Heights, which has been nothing less than extraordinary in its commitment to convert vision to reality, all for the greater good of the community and region,” said Patrick Quinn, President of the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation. “Projects of this magnitude happen rarely and if they’re to happen, they require the genuine interest, dedication and cooperation of many different parties. That’s been the case here and for that we’re extremely grateful.”