County OKs proposal for indoor ice rink in Fullerton $5.3 million facility could open in January

April 04, 1997|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County officials approved plans yesterday for a $5.3 million indoor ice rink in the Fullerton area.

The Rinxx, which would feature two National Hockey League-size rinks, could be open as early as January, said Stan Kozenewski, treasurer of Chesapeake Ice Partners. The partnership would operate the 60,000-square-foot facility.

Plans for the rink were approved yesterday by the County Review Group, a panel of representatives from county government agencies.

During the review panel's hearing, G. Samuel Mattingly, a coach for Perry Hall High School's hockey club, said the rink would help ease a shortage of ice time. He said his team practices at a rink in Harford County.

"Ice time is hard to come by," Mattingly said. "We are practicing at 6 o'clock on Saturday mornings, which is a deathly time."

Kozenewski said his group hopes to lease ice time to area high school hockey clubs. The rink might become the home ice for the hockey team from Towson State University, he added.

The rinks would be used for figure skating, speed skating and skating lessons. One of the rinks would likely be drained of ice in the summer, allowing it to be used for roller hockey, Kozenewski said.

Frank Lynch, a Sun employee who is president of the partnership, said the facility would seat 400 for hockey games. It would include parking spaces for 397 vehicles.

Plans call for an elbow-shaped building to include concession stands and locker rooms. The facility would be built on a 7.75-acre tract on Rossville Boulevard, east of Belair Road.

In December, Chesapeake Ice Partners signed an option to buy the land from Erwin L. Greenberg Commercial Corp., a Baltimore development company that holds a contract on the land.

Pub Date: 4/04/97

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