The owners of Roller Valley may convert the skating rink into a self-storage facility.
TDR Investments LLC, whose principal is Roman Oberemok, filed a building permit application with the city March 10 outlining 95 outside storage containers totaling more than 32,100 square feet on the property. Plans also call for transforming the roller rink to eventually house 116 indoor storage containers across 15,500 square feet at 9415 E. Fourth Ave. in Spokane Valley, according to the application.
Roman Oberemok said in a text message the project is “not a sure thing.”
“We are just entertaining other options for now and want to see what the city requirements are to get it done,” he said in the text message.
Oberemok did not specify a reason for potentially replacing the roller rink with a self-storage facility.
Oberemok and brothers, Timofey and Dmitriy, own TDR Logistics, a local trucking company.
The brothers purchased Roller Valley in 2017 from the family of former owner, Colleen Bernstein, whose death led to its closure after more than 42 years of operation.
The Oberemoks initially envisioned a warehousing facility for the trucking company, but chose to keep Roller Valley in operation after an outpouring of memories from the community via social media, according to a 2017 Spokesman-Review story.
Roman Oberemok operates Self-Storage Solutions on the property, which offers storage space as well as truck and trailer parking.
In a March 16 Facebook post, Roller Valley announced it would be closing temporarily because of Gov. Inslee’s proclamation ordering restaurants, bars and entertainment facilities to limit operations to prevent potental spread of the coronavirus.
Roller Valley business owner and operations manager Zhanna Oberemok, who rents the facility from TDR Investments, said Saturday that she is working proactively to ensure the skating rink stays open.
Zhanna Oberemok said there’s plans for the future of the rink including renovations to flooring as well as adding new carpet and artwork.
“The roller rink is a success with families and the local community and we see it as a beacon of light for our town,” she said. “The stories and memories created here are priceless.”
This article was updated March 21 with comments from Zhanna Oberemok.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter
Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.