A long-time negotiated deal for a bowling alley in Turlock is now officially dead, according to project investor Jim Theis.
The Ten Pin Fun Center project, and subsequent zoning requirements, were approved by the Turlock City Council and Planning Commission in late 2010 for an empty lot at 980 W. Monte Vista, by Rite Aid and across from California State University, Stanislaus.
Prior to the approved rezoning, five different variations of medium to high density housing projects meant to serve CSU Stanislaus students and staff had been proposed for development on the property, but all of them reportedly failed due to economic viability.
The proposed facility was a 52,000 square-foot family entertainment center with 34 bowling lanes, a 4,000 square-foot laser tag area, a game room with 75 games, a sports bar with seating for 200 guests, billiards, shuffleboard, two outdoor bocce ball courts and outdoor dining. The facility would have also included six party rooms for birthdays and other events.
At the time, the City Council approved to rezone the land, following recommendation from the Planning Commission, and allow the bowling alley to be built.
“We’re going to eliminate the comment that there’s nothing to do in Turlock, which comes up in almost every quality of life survey,” Theis said when Turlock City Council approved the rezoning.
The Ten Pin Fun Center was expected to open in the winter of 2011, one year after it was approved by Council.
Unfortunately for everyone in Turlock, Theis said financing was never secured for the project.
“Basically at the time the economic situation was not very good and financing just wasn’t available,” said Theis. “Since then the project has kind of been on hold but at this time the project partners have decided to move on. There will be no new bowling alley.”
In place of the Ten Pin Fun Center at 980 W. Monte Vista now sits a Prime Shine Car Wash which just recently opened.
In February of 2013, the Planning Commission unanimously approved to alter the Ten Pin development plans and allow Prime Shine to be constructed before the bowling alley. Commissioners had previously ruled that the bowling alley must be constructed first.