Thursday, March 2, 2017Charlottesville, VA. Taliaferro Junction, LLC, and Jaffray Woodriff, announce the purchase of Main Street Arena, comprising the land and building at 230 West Main Street on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.

The purchase price was $5.7 million and includes an agreement for the seller to continue to operate all ice skating programs undisturbed until the end of the Spring 2017 skating season.  All skating programs will close for the summer with the anticipation that the Ice Park will reopen in the fall of 2017 for a final season.

The local architecture firm, Wolf Ackerman, along with New Orleans firm Eskew, Dumez & Ripple, were selected following a Request for Proposals process which included interviews of 4 finalists, all of whom were local firms. Wolf Ackerman has built a strong reputation for creativity and design excellence, for their sensitivity in response to the site and for their respect of sustainable design and construction considerations.

The new building will be architecturally iconic, linking West Main Street to the Downtown Mall. The building will be designed both to attract innovative companies to Charlottesville and to retain established local ventures that might otherwise leave the area. 

Construction on the minimum 100,000SF structure is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2018. A general contractor has not been hired. 

The new owners of the property plan to donate the ice park materials and equipment to a business venture seeking to get a new ice skating park up and running in a new location.