The news today that the city is looking at a new site for the Breslow Ice Center wasn’t as surprising to me as the apparently new price tag.
The Journal Star says the two-rink ice facility could cost $20 million to $24 million. I swear, every time I wrote about the ice center, its cost ballooned.
When the project was announced three years ago, the cost was pegged at $11 million to $13 million.
By the time the arena project was on the ballot — and ice enthusiasts were plugging the ice center in April to help attract votes — the price was now said to be “up to $18 million.”
The ice center, which was originally projected to open early this year, is now said to cost up to $24 million, according to this story.
That’s a 118 percent increase. Fortunately, most of the money is supposed to be raised via fundraisers. Still, let’s hope all the arena projections don’t go up this much.
Arena project manager Dan Marvin said he doesn’t really deal with Breslow, and deferred questions to either the architect, DLR of Omaha, or parks director. Still waiting for a reply from Parks Director Lynn Johnson.
The principal of Southeast High School has notified parents that two students are in custody after the Lincoln Police Department notified the high school early Friday that the pair had been writing on Facebook about a possible weapon at school.
Principal Pat Hunter-Pirtle said in the email that police have questioned the pair and had them in custody Friday morning. He said precautions would be taken to ensure safety at the Homecoming dance Friday night.
“Every precaution has been taken to keep our students safe and maintain a normal instructional day,” he wrote.