A Towson businessman is moving forward with plans to build a $3.5 million double ice rink on 5 acres in a Harford County industrial park, just off Interstate 95 near Edgewood.
Tobias Kaye, president of the group building the rink and president of Towson Computers, said he hopes to break ground next month and open the 63,000-square-foot facility by November.
"If everything goes well, we want to create an ice storm in November," he said yesterday.
The ice rink will be in the William Paca Industrial Park on Philadelphia Road, just north of Route 24. Mr. Kaye said he would like to see Baltimore's new American Hockey League franchise use his facility for as practice arena, but no deal has been struck.
Bob Teck, co-owner of the hockey team, which is affiliated with the Disney-owned Mighty Ducks franchise, said yesterday he would consider the new facility, but has made no decision.
The new facility would be the fifth in the Baltimore area.
Last week, Mr. Kaye's preliminary plans for the double ice rink appeared to succeed with Harford officials, who requested minor changes before he can get building and other permits.
"He's in an area that's so easily accessible, he would probably draw from two or three counties, not including Pennsylvania," said Joseph E. Pfaff, director of parks and recreation for Harford.
The facility will include locker rooms, weight training room, pro shop and seating for about 650 spectators.