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Ice rink eliminated from Springville streetscape project

A plan to improve the Village of Springville’s Municipal Building property no longer includes an ice rink.

The Village Board authorized applying for a $325,000 grant to pay for the second phase of a streetscape project Monday night.

If the village receives the $325,000 Smart Growth grant from the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, officials plan to use it on Factory Street and the parking lot behind the Municipal Building at 65 Franklin St.

Those enhancements, however, will not involve building an indoor ice rink as village offiicals had hoped.

Last year, officials negotiated with Helping Individuals to Smile, known as the HITS Foundation, to fund an indoor ice rink on the property.

The foundation, established by Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta, has withdrawn its interest, said Mayor William Krebs.

“We were hoping they’d be partners,” he said.

Instead, the foundation plans to build an indoor ice rink on land it owns on Zoar Valley Road behind Walmart on South Cascade Drive.

The streetscape project’s second phase also includes creating an area for picnics and festivals near the Municipal Building. Officials also plan to move the Skateplex, a skateboarding facility near the building, closer to the Hulbert Library of the Town of Concord and to reduce its size.

To fund the project’s first phase, the improvements on Franklin Street, officials received a similar $325,000 grant last year. The aid comes from the Community Development Block Grant.