On-ice redevelopment: Chesterfield plans hockey stadium for Spring Rock Green

The hockey facility would stand at the northeast corner of the venue, in the area shaded in purple. (Courtesy of Chesterfield County)

After purchasing Spring Rock Green, Chesterfield officials unveiled their vision for one of the first major pieces of their redevelopment plan for the aging Chippenham Parkway shopping center and Midlothian Turnpike interchange.

The county’s economic development authority confirmed this week that negotiations were being finalized for a two-rink indoor ice hockey facility on part of the 42-acre property, which it purchased last week for $ 16 million.

The ice rinks would be the main feature of the 100,000 square foot sports and entertainment site that would occupy the northeast corner of the site. It would house two rinks the size of the National Hockey League, measuring 200 feet long by 85 feet wide.

County officials said the site would be the only one in the region to feature two of these rinks. The facility would be open to youth hockey tournaments and ice skating programs, as well as public skating. The venue should also have a sports bar among other amenities.

“A group came to us to tell us that they wanted to build a tournament-level two-leaf facility in the area,” Garrett Hart, Chesterfield’s director of economic development, said Monday. “You have to have two sheets, a sports bar and all that. They wanted to do it in Chesterfield and needed a location.

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Hart declined to identify the group that approached the county about the project. He said the facility would be built by the county for the unidentified operator under a capital lease.

Hart said a lease agreement between EDA and the operator is in the works and he expects it to be finalized next week.

The acreage purchased last week by EDA includes the majority of the mall, but does not include plots along Midlothian Turnpike occupied by Chipotle Mexican Grill, Panera Bread and others. EDA purchased the property from Chicago-based Bond Cos. With the intention of selling parts of the project area to developers.

Beyond the hockey venue, the county envisions a mix of uses for the future of Spring Rock Green, including more than 1,000 residential units, a 190-room hotel, more than 290,000 square feet of office space, shops and restaurants.

The site needs to be dezoned for all of this to happen. Hart said he expects the rezoning process to be completed by early next year.

Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2022 with a completion date in the fall of 2023 for the first phase of the project, which includes the installation of ice and some of the residential, office and commercial components of the development.

Cooper Carry, an Atlanta-based architectural firm, was hired to design the master plan for the development.

Youth hockey would put another feather in the Chesterfield sports tourism cap, which includes state and regional volleyball tournaments at the Richmond Volleyball Club across the highway at Stonebridge development, and lacrosse, soccer and field hockey tournaments at the county-owned River City Sportsplex.

“Richmond Region Tourism is very excited about this new development, which would add to our sport tourism infrastructure,” Richmond Region Tourism President and CEO Jack Berry said of the ice facility in a statement. prepare.

“The area needs additional regulation size ice sheets for floor hockey to be attractive to host hockey tournaments, figure skating competitions, as well as to meet a need of our residents,” said Berry.

Chesterfield’s announcement comes as Powhatan Ice Den, a youth hockey-focused rink, opens in neighboring Powhatan County.

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