EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — The East Brunswick Town Council on Monday night introduced a resolution to hire DMR Architects for the design of a new proposed indoor ice hockey rink at 110 Tices Lane as part of the township’s Route 18 redevelopment plan.

The agreement with the Hasbrouck Heights-based architect would be for Phase 1 programming and schematic design of the rink on the site of the former Wonder Bread factory for $98,000.

East Brunswick High School is one of few Group 4 schools in Central Jersey that does not have its own ice hockey program. A rink in the township could provide impetus for the high school to eventually add the sport to its athletic program.

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The new facility would include administration offices, locker rooms, a pro shop, restrooms and a concession stand. The proposed rink would be 205’ x 85’. (See full proposal from DMR at the end of Monday's agenda.)

The schematic design services would be for the purposes of establishing the building footprint, so that East Brunswick could submit the site plan application for the NJDEP.

DMR’s $98,000 bid breaks down to $90,000 for the programming and schematic design, $5,000 for the planning board phase and $3,000 for reimbursable allowance.

According to Mayor Cohen who spoke with TAPinto East Brunswick, the resolution was turned down due to cost.  The township only requires a site plan at this time to secure the permission from the NJDEP to build on the site.  However, the proposal presented by DMR included more information (and cost) than was needed.  The proposal, though, "started the ball rolling" on the process of getting all permission and cost expectations in line for the project.

Another resolution introduced Monday night awarded a contract for $7,500 for professional engineering services for the rink from CME Associates. The fee would cover surveying and environmental consulting services for the rink site.