BUFFALO (WKBW) It was the home to the Labatt Pond Hockey Tournament in February, but since then, the development project known as Riverworks hasn't stopped.
"We're moving quickly and we're gearing up for an end of 2014 opening for the full facility," partner Doug Swift said Thursday.
- two hockey rinks with a full roof over both
- a massive, multi-use 60 thousand square foot building for events and concerts, complete with a bar and restaurant.
- a beer garden that will be located on the ruins of an old grain silo
- and a brewery inside another grain silo on the property
"We've been doing a lot of research and we haven't quite found anything that fits the mold of what we're doing, because we're going to be a lot of things to a lot of people here," Swift added.
And though the site is mainly known for outdoor winter activities like pond hockey now, the goal of the project is to be much more than that. The Queen City Roller Girls roller derby team will call Riverworks home, and just next week over 300 Mini Coopers are expected to park and party at the facility.
It is admittedly a lot of work on a short schedule, but with multiple contractors working on the various sections of the site simultaneously, Swift says the project is on schedule, and "over 50% done."