Ice dreams melt away |

Ice dreams melt away

Tribune staff report

The deadline has come and gone and it appears so has the South Tahoe Ice Center.

STIC President John Wareham had until Monday to find an investor for the ice rink but reportedly no one stepped forward. Because the land on Rufus Allen Boulevard is city property, the City Council had the authority to evict its tenant. The city terminated the 50-year lease with Wareham last November after the rink remained closed for seven months.

Wareham said he has sent letters to the city explaining the predicament but refused to comment Monday.

Creditors who helped build the ice center in 1996 want to recoup some of the $300,000 invested in the property. V&C Construction, the rink contractor, will try to recover its losses by digging up underground utilities. Earlier this month a Canadian company reclaimed the dasher boards that were installed last year.

The rink was closed most of the ’96-’97 winter because of bad weather. Without a protective roof, the ice center was susceptible to the changing conditions. The closure prevented any profits from equipment rentals to reduce the debt.

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