Enclosed ice rink up for discussion with Lincoln Twp. planners

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

STEVENSVILLE — It’s been a month since the Lincoln Township Planning Commission had a public hearing concerning a proposed enclosed ice rink.

Planners will again discuss the rink at a 6 p.m. meeting Monday at the Lincoln Township Hall. The meeting will be preceded by a short Zoning Board of Appeals meeting.

Lincoln Township planners first postponed their decision until the June meeting after a lengthy public hearing in which nearly 30 people expressed statements of opposition and support.

The proposed rink, which would be at 4137 Cleveland Ave., on the southeast corner of the Cleveland Avenue/Glenlord Road intersection, needs a special land use permit to operate. The site is in a low-density residential use district.

Because the developer is asking for a special use permit, the board of trustees don’t need to weigh in on the vote. If planners approve the permit, the developer can begin construction.

At the end of May’s meeting, the commission tabled the decision in order to find out how the rink would affect traffic and the adjacent property values of homeowners.

Developer AJ Glowacki gave a presentation on what the rink would be used for and why he chose the 10-acre site near Stevensville. In addition to hockey, the rink could be rented out for figure skating, broom ball, curling and birthday parties.

Glowacki has said the facility would be between 35,000 and 40,000 square feet. An estimate of what the facility would cost was not provided in the previous meeting.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on June 4, 2016)

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