Hockey academy, coffee shop planned near Kensington Valley Ice House

Hockey coach Michael Wainwright talks with Owen Arnold in the north rink of the Kensington Valley Ice House Thursday, June 30, 2022.

BRIGHTON TWP. — Hockey coach Michael Wainwright stated he’s establishing a brand new sports activities academy to raise youth hockey and put together scholar athletes for a university training. 

Wainwright and his enterprise associate, Kip Miller, a former NHL participant who additionally coaches youth hockey, are planning to assemble a more-than-7,500-square-foot, two-story sports activities academy close to the Kensington Valley Ice Home in Brighton Township and make investments $3 million. 

Wainwright stated Michigan Elite Sports activities Academy will likely be geared towards ladies and boys who’re critical gamers.

Scholar athletes additionally could have the chance to attend faculty there, and have entry to gymnasium amenities and time on the ice subsequent door. They anticipate to have as much as 40 college students enrolled at a time.

He’s notably fascinated by elevating ladies hockey as the pinnacle of the Kensington Valley Hockey Affiliation’s ladies hockey program, the Ravens. He’s additionally the founding director of the Michigan Women Hockey League and just lately was named director of women hockey for Lansing-based Biggby AAA. He beforehand coached hockey at Hartland. 

“A technique we wish to be totally different (from different hockey academies) is we wish to be 50-50 girls and boys,” he stated.

The proposed academy, which acquired preliminary approvals from Brighton Township planners, will embody school rooms, energy coaching, yoga and diet training, amongst different options.

An architectural rendering shows what the proposed Michigan Elite Sports Academy would look like in Brighton Township.

Plans to redevelop land south of the ice home embody setting up a 3,100-square-foot retail and restaurant constructing, which could have the same have a look at the academy’s structure. 

Wainwright stated Miller is planning to relocate one among his Biggby Espresso franchise places there. 

The opposite half of the constructing is accepted for both a restaurant or retail, and Wainwright stated he wish to see an genuine Italian restaurant arrange. 

Commercial property near the Kensington Valley Ice House, shown Tuesday, June 28, 2022, is slated for redevelopment into a sports academy focused on serious youth hockey players, a Biggby Coffee and another to-be-determined restaurant or retail business. A former salon building is expected to be demolished.

He expects to take a position not less than $3 million to assemble the 2 buildings and construct a drive between Grand River Avenue and the ice home. 

A former salon on the property will likely be demolished. One other business constructing, occupied by skincare spa A BeYOUtiful Steadiness, will stay standing and the enterprise in operation.

Understanding the training piece

Wainwright stated he needs to associate with a public faculty district that provides a digital studying program and have lecturers on website. 


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