TROY — City of Troy’s recreation board on Monday got their first look of the Hobart Arena’s expansion plan and design.
The recreation board unanimously approved to move forward with the renovation and expansion project to city council. The project must not exceed $7.3 million.
Recreation department and Hobart Arena director Ken Siler said the plans for the arena renovation and expansion is 98 percent complete — give or take a few tweaks to its design. If approved by council and bids are submitted, the project is estimated to take 10-12 months, Siler said.
The design calls for approximately 26,282 square feet of added space mostly to the north of the arena for “back-of-the-house” operation to set up for arena shows, locker rooms, kitchen and multi-purpose area. Renovation work will expand the arena’s corridor to improve pedistrian flow, improved and expanded restroom facilities, improved and expanded concession stand access.
Other areas of the arena will be renovated such as eliminating the space underneath the arena’s seating, which housed some concessions, Troy Skating Club offices and club room.
Siler said the bulk of the interior work would most likely take place in the summer of 2016 when the arena has a few events planned.
An expanded south entrance will help with entry and exit of patrons. The cost to add a south entrance is approximately $550,000, which will include a second main entrance, lobby and box office area.
The main entrance lobby to the arena will be redisgned and become Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.
According to the board packet information, the project will consist of two bids. The first bid will be the arena renovation and expansion. The second bid will be furniture, fixtures and equipment for food service areas.
The project includes capital improvement repairs to the nearly 65-year-old facility.
In the renovation portion of the bid is two alternates. The first is for the final phase of the boiler replacement project, which is estimated to cost $245,000 and the second is a bid to improve the arena’s catwalk at an estimated $276,000, including the demolition of the existing catwalk.
According to the report, if the alternates are not awarded, the final phase of boiler system and catwalk will be requested in the arena’s five-year capital improvement plan.
The expansion and renovation of Hobart Arena is part of the city of Troy’s Riverfront Development project. The Riverfront Development project also includes the $960,000 Treasure Island marina renovation and $1.686 million Treasure Island Park revitalization project. Both Treasure Island projects are currently under way.
• In November 2014, council approved MSA Sport of Cincinnati, Ohio, for the design of the Hobart Arena expansion and renovation project at a cost not to exceed $700,000.
• This summer, city council approved to establish a food and beverage concessionaire/manager to its staff with a salary of $47,994-$56,233 for both the arena and the Troy Aquatic Park. The arena renovations will move both food and beverage sales to its point of sale sites around the arena and keep revenues in-house. Previously, arena patrons had to wait in two lines for food and alcohol purchases. In previous reports, Siler said volunteer organizations could earn a percentage of sales donations during the arena’s events in the future.
• In January, city council approved Crossroads Consulting Services to perform the feasibility study for a second sheet of ice at Hobart Arena at a cost not to exceed $50,000.