By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium
STEVENSVILLE — The site plan for an enclosed ice rink was approved and its developer is hoping to start work soon.
The Lincoln Township Planning Commission approved the site plan last week after AJ Glowacki presented a modified layout of the ice rink that will be at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Glenlord Road.
Glowacki, who was given a special use permit earlier this year, resubmitted site plans for the ice rink to fall in line with several conditions that planners had requested. Among the changes is the location of the ice rink on the 10-acre property and the elimination of an entryway.
“We got rid of the entrance on Cleveland Avenue and moved the building toward the middle of the property away from residents,” Glowacki said in a phone interview Monday. “We also reduced the number of parking spots. There’s already a lot of natural screening, but where there isn’t we plan on adding some.”
During a public hearing in May, neighboring residents to the property spoke against the ice rink, citing concerns about traffic, noise and the amount of light that might be generated from the complex.
Glowacki said they decided to move the building to cut down on any noise or excess light. The removal of the Cleveland Avenue entrance was meant to limit additional traffic the intersection could receive.
Since the ice rink’s site plan was approved, Glowacki needs to secure building permits from the township’s building inspector.
If the permits are approved, Glowacki said he hopes to begin construction within the next month.
“If the weather cooperates it would be nice to work on this throughout the winter,” Glowacki said. “At the latest, we can be open for the fall of 2017. But that’s in the event we hit any roadblocks. I would expect us to be open late spring or early summer. Sometime in May, June or July. It’s too soon to tell because there’s a lot of variables right now.”
Glowacki said the ice rink is expected to be under 35,000 square feet.
The township’s planning commission first tabled their decision to issue Glowacki a special use permit to build the ice arena after a lengthy public hearing held in May.
A month later at a June meeting, planners went through the township’s ordinance and added 16 conditions to the ice rink prior to giving Glowacki the special use permit. The permit was required because the site is in a low-density residential use district.
Some of the conditions included additional screening and landscaping to mitigate lighting.
Mike Freehling, planning commission chairman, said Glowacki addressed lighting concerns. Freehling said in addition to reconfiguring the parking lot, the updated site plans moved the ice rinks to the entrances facing the north. Prior to that, they were facing west.
“As far as the landscaping, it’s more screened than what we had originally asked for,” Freehling said. “(Glowacki) complied with all the screening requirements. He’s leaving a lot of the existing vegetation there and adding more.”