The Salem News | By Jim Sullivan
December 7, 2016
AMESBURY — A Bridgewater-based developer plans to build a $30 million, multi-use ice hockey complex near I-495, creating one of the largest commercial developments in the city’s history, the mayor said Tuesday.
Mayor Ken Gray said Global Property Developers Corporation plans to build on a roughly 50-acre site at 48 South Hunt Road.
Global senior project manager Michael Gorman said his company is scheduled to enter the city’s planning process next week for the project, which will house six NHL-sized ice rinks for hockey and figure skating training and competitions. The complex is expected to have room for a pro shop, off-ice training and physical rehabilitation space, all under one roof.
“You are always looking for that Utopian location in this business and I think we found it,” Gorman said. “When you have a location that spills off of the highway and you are not driving through neighborhoods, you have got a great location. We are not going to be in downtown, bumping into people. We’re right off the highway and it is dry, buildable land which is always important. And it works. When you are trying to build a facility as large as this, it can’t get any better than what we found in Amesbury.”
Gorman said Global purchased the land for roughly $1.7 million from SCA Disposal Services of New England Inc. in a deal that closed over the summer. With an eye toward specializing in tournaments for hockey players from ages 8 to 18, Gorman said the planned facility has the potential to provide significant benefits to the city.