TROY — As Hobart Arena’s $9.6 million renovation project is winding down, the project will commemorate two of its many supporters.
The parks and recreation committee agreed to recommend that Hobart Arena’s new multipurpose room be named “The Lucia and Robert Bravo Room” or “Bravo Room” on Tuesday.
Chairman Brock Heath, Robin Oda and Doug Tremblay agreed to provide a positive recommendation to council at its next meeting.
The Bravos are deceased, but the recommendation has been reviewed by their son Alexandre Bravo and he granted permission for the naming, according to the committee packet.
“The Bravos were very active and philanthropic around Troy and they met all the requirements,” Tremblay shared.
President Marty Baker asked how the wording of the Bravo room was determined. According to Troy Recreation Board President Marty Hobart, Hobart said he has been in contact with Alex Bravo and he requested his mother’s name appearing first in the naming of the room.
The Troy Recreation board approved the recommendation Dec. 21.
Director of public service and safety Patrick Titterington told the committee the Hobart Arena is already getting inquiries about renting the facility on Tuesday.
Titterington shared the city policy regarding the naming of city facilities. The board noted the Troy community has benefited from the philanthropic contributions of the Bravos. The Bravos donated more than $1 million in 1995 to help renovate and update the Hobart Arena beginning in 1997.
According to the committee packet, the late Lucia Bravo was the niece of Edward A. Hobart and the daughter of William H. Hobart Sr. Robert Bravo served as an executive for many years with the Hobart Brothers Company.
The $9.6 million project will add 50 percent to the current square footage of the arena. The expansion will include new restrooms, a kitchen, concessions, multi-purpose room, ticketing, locker room and “back of house” space where acts can have meet-and-greets before they perform, and will include a new main entrance on the south end of the facility.
At the park board meeting on Tuesday, Hobart Arena director Ken Siler said the entire project is expected to be complete in January 2017.
“At least the significant completion of the project should be complete by the end of January, at least that is what they are targeting,” Siler said, at the park board meeting on Tuesday.
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