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Mayor Announces New Hockey Center in Southeast Davidson County

6/17/2013

Community Ice Rink Will Complement New Library and Community Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean today announced the addition of a community ice rink and hockey center as part of the city’s mixed-use complex to be constructed in southeast Davidson County that also includes an expanded branch library, new regional community center and park. The Nashville Predators will manage the rink, which will be available for community use and to help expand youth hockey programs.

Today’s event included the ceremonial groundbreaking for the library and community center, which will be located with the hockey center on the north end of the former Hickory Hollow Mall, now known as the Global Mall at the Crossings.

“I see this center becoming a hub of learning and recreation for residents in Southeast Davidson County, one of the fastest growing parts of our city,” Mayor Dean said. “Families will find it convenient to have the ice rink, community center, park and library in one location. This new public facility will benefit nearby neighborhoods and the surrounding retail and commercial area by attracting more people to the vicinity and creating a more stable business environment.”

The $32 million complex is expected to open in late summer of 2014. The community center and library will be housed in the former JCPenney building, which will be renovated. They will share a large common area that connects to the mall. A 4-acre park will be built outside its front doors in what is now a parking lot.

The 86,000-square-foot hockey center will be two-story and include two multi-purpose ice rinks, team rooms, meeting rooms and an observation mezzanine. There will be space for concessions, as well as an ice skate rental and repair center. A covered walkway will connect it to the library and community center.

The hockey center was included in the most recent lease agreement between the city and the Nashville Predators and is being developed as a public-private partnership between the city, the Metro Sports Authority and Nashville Predators. The rink will provide additional hockey opportunities for players of all ages and levels, as well as generate economic activity through tournaments and other special events.

“We are so grateful to Mayor Dean and Metro for recognizing the many benefits of our public-private partnership,” Nashville Predators CEO Jeff Cogen said. “This facility will create benefits for Davidson County and the community of Antioch at large. It will provide a new location for the community to gather and socialize. Hockey tournaments and figure skating events that will be hosted here will bring significant economic impact to the area with increases in demand for local lodging, dining, shopping and entertainment.”

The city will build and own the $14 million hockey center, and annual debt on the facility is expected to be offset by lease payments from the Predators and savings that will be realized by refinancing other Metro Sports Authority debt to lower interest costs. The Metro Sports Authority will be briefed on the full financing plan at its July 1 meeting.

As managers of the hockey center, the Predators will work with the city to develop a workforce program that will include job training and internship programs at the hockey center. 

Public skate sessions will be available at the rink. Skating programs are expected to include free beginner hockey to introduce the sport to families; learn-to-skate classes with discounts for Davidson County residents; and skating opportunities for people with disabilities. The hockey center will serve as a home rink for area sporting leagues, including the Nashville Junior Predators team, and will be available to Metro Schools for ice skating field trips. 

The 40,000-square-foot community center will include a gym, walking track, dance studio, wellness equipment, teaching kitchen, meeting spaces, locker rooms and a roof-top terrace.

The park will include a walking trail, outdoor fitness equipment, a large playground and a pavilion. Some 250 trees will be planted throughout the site. There will be rain gardens, bike racks and benches. There will also space to accommodate outdoor concerts.

“We’re looking forward to the impact our new regional center at the Global Mall will have on this community,” Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch said. “We anticipate the center will be progressive, active and dynamic -- bringing the programs and services that Metro Parks is known for to the Southeast portion of Davidson County.  The center, coupled with the library and the hockey center, will serve this area well and help bring it a new focus.”  

The 30,000-square-foot library will be more than double the size of the existing Southeast Branch Library, currently located at 2325 Hickory Highlands Drive. The new library will expand digital media offerings and include technology centers, places for story time and sections for early childhood, young adult and non-fiction materials. There will be community meeting areas, and full-length glass windows will provide natural light.

"We listened to this community, and our vision is to create their vision for this library,” said Kent Oliver, director of Nashville Public Library. “The new Southeast Branch of the Nashville Public Library will be double the size of the current facility. It will not only house the traditional collection of books, music and movies, it will also feature cutting edge electronic media and fully-accessible digital resources and services.”

Fact Sheet
Library, Regional Community Center, Park and Hockey Center at Southeast

Mayor Karl Dean today announced construction of a hockey center will be added to a mixed-use complex that includes an expanded branch library, new regional community center and park in southeast Davidson County. Completion of the $32 million project is expected in late summer of 2014.

Combined community center-library facility
• LEED Silver design with geothermal mechanical system and energy efficient lights and building systems.
• Covered connection to the hockey center and direct internal connection to the Global Mall at the Crossings.
• Renovation of the two-story JCPenney retail building to include new roof and all new internal building facilities.

Regional Community Center  (40,000 square feet)
• Indoor gymnasium, elevated walking track, dance studio, wellness equipment, teaching kitchen, flexible meeting spaces, locker facilities.
• Roof-top terrace, green roof component, solar panel capable.
• Open-floor concept plans for flexibility and ease of management and operation.

Branch Library (30,000 square feet)
• Relocated regional branch with enhanced hours.
• Introduction of digital media within the stacks, accessible kiosks, WiFi, on-line content
• 24-hour book drop
• Engaging interior layout including technology centers, early childhood, story time, fiction, young adult and non-fiction sections.
• Community meeting space, along with book sorting and lounge areas.
• Substantial natural light provided through full-height glass walls, a ceiling clerestory window system and energy-efficient area and task lighting.

Park  (4 acres of green space)
• Lighted outdoor walking trail with outdoor fitness equipment, playground and pavilion.
• Accommodations for outdoor concerts and other large-scale events.
• Reclaims more than three acres of asphalt parking lot for green space and landscaping.
• Rain gardens, native grasses and landscaping.
• Installation of more than 250 trees throughout the site.
• Bike racks and benches provided on outdoor plazas.
• WiFi wireless access.

Hockey Center (86,000 square feet)
• Two multi-purpose ice rinks, concession and retail space.
• Eight team rooms, support spaces, five meeting rooms and observation mezzanine.
• LEED Silver design.
• Covered connection to the mall.
• Electric car chargers.
• Direct concessions access from the park and outdoor dining area.
• Ice skate repair center and skate rental area.
• Video production room for training and teaching.

Hockey Programs (Nashville Predators to manage)
• Free monthly Get Out And Learn! (G.O.A.L!) beginner hockey program to introduce the sport to new families. (A projected 800 to 1,200 families with children 5 to 8 will be introduced to ice hockey for free annually.)
• Learn-to-Skate group class series (10 percent discount to Davidson County residents).
• Recreational skating opportunities for people with disabilities (Sled Preds program)
• Free rink time provided to Davidson County non-profits.
• Home rink for area sporting leagues, such as recreational hockey, Nashville Junior Predators travel hockey, high school and college club teams, adult hockey, figure skating clubs, special needs hockey and broomball.
• Ice skating field trips for Metro Schools.
• Non-hockey activities, such as figure skating, speed skating, broomball and curling. 
• Community and corporate use, including public skate sessions, birthday parties, meeting and conference rooms, group and corporate outings.
• Workforce program that will include job training and internship opportunities.
• Sports Pro Shop.

Project Information
Construction Management: Metro General Services
Contractor: American Constructors
Architect: Lose & Associates
Program Manager: Gobbell Hays Partners, Capital Project Solutions and HEERY