Golden Pin Lanes: From family entertainment to possible county office building

Golden Pin Lanes: From family entertainment to possible county office building
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Pima County will vote next week whether to move ahead with plans to buy Golden Pin Lanes for $2.8 million, spend $4 million to renovate it and move up to six county offices into the building.

According to this memo written by County Administrator there are several advantages for the county taxpayer to consider, not the least of which is saving taxpayer dollars.

The county would also own the facility instead of paying rent at six different locations to house the agencies. The plan has caused an uproar of sorts within the bowling community which uses the lanes and in some cases, have for half a century.

The Golden Pin Lanes at 1010 West Miracle Mile, was built in 1959 and opened in 1960.

It's been a familiar landmark for generations and it would be hard to find many long time Tucsonans who haven't visited at least once.

Perry Don has been bowling here since 1970.

"Bowling at night used to be 10 cents a game," he said. "So it was always fun times."

Nothing has been finalized yet according to the lane's management.

It issued a statement on Facebook noting that nothing has been signed or approved yet saying the information was "prematurely disclosed to the press."

Professional bowling has been scheduled for 2019.

Huckelberry said if the board approves the plan, there will be a 45-day inspection period and if it moves forward, the bowling alley would have a year to operate before the renovations commenced.

Several bowlers said they plan to attend the board meeting to plead for the county to look elsewhere.

"I can't stop anything if they decide to do it," said Mike Burns, who retired ten years ago. "But I'm sure hoping they don't."

"It would be a huge loss," said Ed Fering. "My family bowls here, my brother, his in-laws. It's a family entertainment center."

One worker who asked not to be identified, said the place has been up for sale since they started work there and at some time the right price would come along.

Whether this is the right price at the right time will be determined at the next board meeting May 15.

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