EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – The proposed Tuckahoe ice rink, which would convert a vacant warehouse into a frozen palace on Marbledale Road, is inching closer to reality after the developer was granted a zoning variance by the board of trustees.
The site, at 200 Marbledale Road, currently only has 10 on-site parking spaces, half of what the ice rink would require, according to BFJ Planning, which conducted a parking analysis earlier this year. The developer, Home Ice, LLC, required a variance for the project to continue.
To accommodate the missing spaces, patrons would be able to make use of nearly 75 street spaces, which led to the board to unanimously approve the variance.
Home Ice’s proposal involves converting the warehouse space on Marbledale Road into a 10,000-square-foot ice rink. The proposal has already been approved by the Eastchester Planning Board.
The small ice rink will center on hockey training, as the ice rink will only measure 60 feet by 100 feet, nearly one third the size of a regulation rink. A smaller ice pad will also be constructed, where there can be individualized training and one-on-one sessions.
Once it is completed, the rink will become the new home of the Bronxville youth hockey squad. There will also be introductory classes for younger residents hitting the ice for the first time.
The plan also calls for an upstairs viewing area, overlooking the two ice surfaces. There will be an additional skate rental and sharpening station. A snack bar may be installed down the line, according to the presentation by Barbuti Architects – the same firm that designed the Broken Bow Brewery down the road.
According to a member of the Tuckahoe Planning Board, small ice skating rinks have become prominent in the area since the rink at Rye Playland was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The rink would be open each day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., with expected spikes in action after school from 4 to 9 p.m., a time when most residents are coming home from work. This potential spike in traffic is one caveat the Planning Board has offered, according to Antonio Lee, the chair of the board.