A large sign advertising Steel City Hockey at Fruitland and South Service roads might have caught commuters eyes recently.
The Stoney Creek News has learned the hockey development organization will be the main tenant at a privately-owned hockey arena expected to be built next year.
Debbie Spence, communications officer with the city’s planning and economic development department, confirmed that the city has started working with the “proponent” of this project and begun the formal consultation process.
“We have not yet received a site plan application and we expect that the use will be allowed,” she said in an e-mail.
“In the new year, we will be moving forward with an amendment that will allow this privately-owned and operated arena use on this property.”
Spence said she would not have any specific timelines until the new year.
Dan Caco, owner of Steel City Hockey, is hoping the arena is ready by next fall.
His organization has been running programs out of the Mohawk 4-Ice Centre, Hamilton Double Rinks and Copps Coliseum, as well as in Burlington and Niagara Falls.
He is looking forward to having a more permanent home. Caco said the arena will feature a gym, restaurant and bar and could have four rinks.
The News could not confirm the owner of the property by press deadline.