A new multipurpose sports complex may be coming to Route 18 as proposed in a town council meeting. Mayor Brad Cohen unveiled more information regarding a 16.5-million-dollar proposal to create a large-scale ice rink right off of Route 18.
The suggested ice rink would help drive business and growth to make Route 18 an “entertainment corridor” as stated by Mayor Cohen. According to My Central Jersey, this multipurpose rink would be capable of hosting a plethora of local and non-local events such as free public skating as well as partnered programs with the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers.
However, ice hockey isn’t the only sport the purposed building would be able to facilitate as plans suggest concrete and multipurpose areas for other sports and maybe even concerts to be held during the off-season such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, etc.
Alongside all this is a food concession and rooms for rental for special events such as birthdays or other parties. The overall goal of the rink is to generate a good source of traffic and attention to the town when retail is moving out, entertainment is set to become its replacement.
One key aspect is that the rink is set to operate as a utility with the revenue gained from programs and sponsors used to operate and manage the property. This means that there will be no tax increases according to town officials.
It is unclear as of now when residents should expect to receive more information regarding development updates. However, this is all exciting news that with high hopes will be the beginning of an exciting project for the town of East Brunswick.