Scattered championship banners, a worn-down scoreboard and graffiti-ridden walls are what’s left of the building that was once a popular roller skating and ice hockey rink. The building’s new owners hope to transform all of that.
“Indoor hockey was a big thing in the 90s, so we were able to find something in Milford … now we found something similar and we hope to do the same with this one, the same vision,” said new tenant Gustavo Flores.
Flores, along with his three partners, was the lone bidder of the space. They have agreed to pay $1,500 a month in rent and renovate the two rinks that have become the target of vandals in the last few years.
The Board of Alderman approved a 10-year lease and Mayor Mike Jarjura made the deal official on Monday.
“It’s going to bring opportunity to all the people of Waterbury that wasn’t available to them,” he said.
The company will build a full-size artificial turf field for indoor soccer or flag football and a fully-enclosed boarded rink for inline skating or lacrosse. It will cost United Athletic $600,000 to $800,000 in renovations.
The sports complex is scheduled to open to the public as early as this year.
POSTED: 7:49 pm EDT September 21, 2009