Hamburg Board puts sports complex on hold

Hamburg Bd. Puts Sports Complex Plan On Hold

TOWN OF HAMBURG, N.Y.-- The Town of Hamburg is now taking a second look at its options for a new major new sports complex for hockey and other sports.

Last month, we told you that a Canadian developer felt he could get the job done, but some issues have surfaced.

The sports complex was not on the agenda at Monday night's Hamburg Town Board meeting, but we learned that this specific proposal for a mega sports complex at an old golf course on Southwest Boulevard has been shelved for now, while the board reconsiders and looks at another competing proposal.

Back in May, Sports Star Management of Toronto held an open house to unveil its plans for a $30 million, 200,000 square foot facility, with two hockey rinks, indoor soccer fields, basketball courts, and room for other sports.

The developer said it would be a public-private partnership, with town officials saying the town might eventually face some liability if the complex does hit revenue targets.

However, some council members like Thomas Best Junior, are questioning the Sports Star project's figures and stated goals.  

There is also a competing private project with ice hockey rinks proposed for the old McKinley Inn site on McKinley Parkway, with former Sabres player Pat Kaleta and his father. They are teaming up with Ellicott Development and Liberatore Management.

Steve Walters, Hamburg Town Supervisor said, "The board seems to be inclined to take a step back and reassess things as to where we're going. So that's kinda where we're going right now. And hopefully down the road, one way or the other some project will come through, and we'll be able to provide a facility that meets the needs of this community."

Walters says the town definitely needs a hockey complex to replace the aging hockey rink at the Nike sports complex. It would take $1.5 million to fix it up.

There is no deadline for a decision on which project option to choose, but they are now seeking more information from the Kaleta lead group.    

2 On Your Side did speak with one of principal members of the Kaleta lead group, and he says they are ready to move forward with their project plan.

Walters says the Kaleta group now has more financial backing than they did when they originally approached the town over a year ago.

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