Maine’s Bayside Bowl Eyes Expansion Project

by Bob Johnson 0

Bayside Bowl, the 12-lane “bowling lounge” that hosted the 2015 PBA League tapings, is named after the Portland, Maine, neighborhood in which it is located.

Bayside is an industrial area that has long been targeted for redevelopment by the city. Projects currently on the table include transforming a former car repair shop into a shopping center with a Chipotle restaurant, and using a site once home to industrial scrap yards for an apartment development. The ultimate goal, according to a report in the Portland Press Herald, is to “shift commercial land use in the Bayside area away from industrial and toward lower-impact uses such as multifamily housing, retail and recreation.”

With that in mind, the Portland City Council’s Housing and Community Development Committee is supporting a proposal by Bayside Bowl owner Justin Alfond to purchase city-owned land adjacent to the center, which would be used expand the bowling center and add squash courts.

The agreed price for the parcel is $340,018, and Alfond would have 18 months to complete the expansion project, which would include eight new lanes, eight singles squash courts and one doubles squash court, and a rooftop lounge. The present dining and lounge area also would be expanded.

Alfond is a Maine state senator, and said the expansion was necessary because there sometimes can be a two-hour wait for a lane at Bayside Bowl.

To read the full Portland Press Herald report, which includes a rendering of the Bayside Bowl expansion, go to: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/12/bayside-bowl-pursues-land-for-2-4-million-expansion-squash-facility/

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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