Auburn schedules special meeting to review twin ice rink designs


AUBURN — Councilors and residents will get to see Thursday how a new twin-rink ice arena would look and how much it would cost.

City Manager Clinton Deschene said the council has scheduled a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday to review design plans and an updated budget for the arena.

“The lease has been signed for months, so this is really a transparency issue,” Deschene said. “I’ve had people asking to see the designs as soon as they are ready, so it seemed like a good idea to do it like this.”

Councilors will meet with developer George Schott first in an executive session. The Council approved a lease agreement on the ice arena in October, agreeing to let Schott build the structure on land he owns behind Shaw’s on Turner Street.

“There are some changes that (Schott) wanted to present to the council and talk about what the impacts are on the final design of the building,” Deschene said. “He wants to go over them first to the Council so they are aware of those specs. As soon as they are presented to the council, we are going to walk out and talk about them to the public.”

The ice arena would be self-supporting after the first year, needing no financial help from the city to remain solvent, according to plans.

The proposed arena would seat 1,200 spectators in one rink, 200 in a second rink, 300 in a shared mezzanine and include standing room for hundreds more.

It also would feature 14 locker rooms for teams, a pro shop and a second-floor, warm spectator area with a concessions stand.

Deschene said Schott had been working on the designs for the arena since October. Deschene said he did not know what Schott would be presenting.

“I know he has updates on what the project is, but I haven’t been given those yet,” Deschene said.

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