Editorial: The Kingsbridge Ice Center, and Cuomo the Sorcerer

Could the curse of the Kingsbridge Armory be lifted? For decades, it seemed any time there’s some headway in turning it into a promising venue, a barrier gets in the way. There was the failed attempt to repurpose the enormous castle into a public school and then a mall by the Related Companies. The latest proposal that’s within reach of reality is the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC). And even then, that project has hobbled along, facing lawsuits along the way. But Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to have broken the spell. Even as the now-approved Fiscal Year 2018-19 $153 billion


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BP Report: Total Bronx Investment at $3 Billion

Just more than $3 billion in residential, commercial and institutional projects have been pumped into the Bronx in 2016, according to a newly released report, signaling a continued trend of a Bronx on the mend. But the report hedges its bets somewhat, throwing in its report the Kingsbridge National Ice Center project, which was mired in delays and near extinction last year. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., which drafted the report and presented it at a forum focusing on development projects in the Bronx, included the $350 million project in the report nonetheless. The KNIC project stalled after developers


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Latest Edition of the Norwood News is Out!

Dear Fellow Readers! The year’s last edition of the Norwood News is out, crammed with plenty of Bronx community news you can use. Before we begin our summary of stories, some breaking news: A Bronx judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, which one again signals significant delays for a project envisioned as a game changer. We wrote a lengthy piece on the story that you can find here. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming: Our Page One story focuses on Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj (pronounced jo-nigh), who’s declared a run for New York City Council.


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KNIC to City: Let Us Buy Kingsbridge Armory

Vacant Armory purchase price assessed at $17 million, says KNIC In the last year, progress at the Kingsbridge Armory, which was expected to house a large ice skating complex by next year, has stalled with nary a shovel in the ground. A lawsuit by developers of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC) against the New York City Economic Development Corporation prompted the stall. Attorneys for KNIC have since regrouped with a new tactic to settle the case: an offer to buy the landmark Armory. In a two-page letter obtained by the Norwood News, KNIC, the developer picked by the city


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Inquiring Photographer: Delay of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center

This week we asked readers their thoughts on the delay of redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory into an ice skating center, and if they think the project will ever be completed.  I think an ice skating rink should be built there; it would be fun. There’s not many over here. Most of them are far away, like Manhattan. I honestly think they want to build something else there, they don’t want to build a skating rink. I heard some saying it was a waste of money, that once they build it, no one would go. Jahira Davis Yonkers   I


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Labor Unions to KNIC: Don’t Forget About Us

While plans for the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC) are on a holding pattern pending lawsuits, Bronx residents affiliated with labor unions are making sure that jobs for the $350 million project go to them. Union representatives, community advocates, and residents marched around the Kingsbridge Armory, the expected home of KNIC, chanting “Let’s Keep the Fight” in response to the pending decision of whether or not union jobs will be used to help repurpose the 750,000-square-foot space. The Clean Slate, Rebuilding America, and Laborers International Union of North America were some of the unions represented at the protest on June


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Judge in Amory Suit Considers Bowing Out of Case

Negotiations between city officials and the developers of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC) were not only left at a standstill after a hearing last Thursday, but without its presiding judge. “This appears to be going nowhere, so let me just share something,” said Bronx Supreme Court Judge Ruben Franco, half hour into the proceeding, “this may be it for me on this case.” The two sides had returned to court after Franco recommended the lease to the Kingsbridge Armory, which would be home to the ice center, be temporarily released to KNIC so it can pursue construction-funding options. Franco


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Judge’s Proposal to Release KNIC’s Lease Attached with Stipulations

A Bronx judge presiding over three of four intertwining cases linked to the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC), proposed to city lawyers it allow the ice center’s lease be freed from escrow “forthwith” until next February so it can raise funds needed to begin the long-awaited project. But Judge Ruben Franco of Bronx Supreme Court, blatantly nudging to advance the $350 million project, warned KNIC it would have to relinquish the lease if it doesn’t obtain the $138 million needed to proceed with the project’s first phase. “All deals are off,” said Judge Franco. The recommendation bore similarities to a proposal


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