By Melanie Yingst
TROY — Dozens of people cruised around Hobart Arena to review the city of Troy’s recently revealed Riverfront Development project at an informal open house on Thursday evening.
Funding for projects ranging from a second sheet of ice at Hobart Arena to an amphitheater at Treasure Island with all the “bells and whistles” of both projects has a price tag of $17.8 million. To fund all of the Treasure Island recommendations and a portion of the Hobart Arena projects official estimates range up to $10 million.
Troy resident Michael Kahre and his wife took time to look at the plans for Treasure Island and Hobart Arena.
Kahre said he is interested to see the city invest in its current buildings and also how it may tie in to the historic downtown area. Kahre said his family spends a lot of time in downtown Troy events such as the Friday night concerts and Troy Main Street events.
“I think with everybody working together it will enhance the community,” Kahre said. “I’d like to see whatever they do tie in nicely with the historic downtown area.”
Although Dennis Drielang lives in Ludlow Falls, he works at Hobart Arena as an usher and chauffeurs the arena’s main acts around town when they stop in Troy.
“I thought it was nice to open this up for people to see what they are planning and thinking about,” Drielang said. Drielang said he is very interested in the second sheet of ice which was part of Hobart Arena’s long-term plans to bring more competitions and arena events to increase hotel bookings and local restaurant revenue.
“If they were to add a second piece of ice there would be a distinct advantage to that,” Drielang said. “I think for the investments, the arena would have a great return for the money.”
Patti Rose, a downtown business owner, toured the plans at the open house.
“Whenever it’s something positive, I love it,” Rose said. Rose said she’d like to see the Riverfront Development project be self-sustaining and to draw young people downtown.
“We want to draw young professionals and their families use these ameneties that we already see downtown,” Rose said.
Rose said she would like to see Treasure Island revived due to Hobart Arena’s success under director of Ken Siler.
“I believe under the direction of Ken Siler, Hobart Arena will continue to do well,” Rose said. “I’m certain the city will do their due diligence to share the dream that Treasure Island is possible.”
Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall on Monday as a committee of the whole to discuss the Riverfront Development Project. The meetings are open to the public.
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