The City of Turlock has entertained the idea of a bowling alley since 2010. Originally, the project was a 52,000 square foot proposed family entertainment center that was going to include 34 bowling lanes on Monte Vista Avenue, near Crowell Road, across from CSU, Stanislaus, which was being planned from developers and then-PMZ realtors Jerry Powell, Jim Theis, and Rod Scott (the current developer).
The topic held debates on the consistency of the building with the City of Turlock’s General Plan, and the necessity of an entertainment facility like this in Turlock.
In specific, the original land that was going to be home to Ten Pin Fun Center was a residential zoning district. The 2010 Planning Commission was engaged in a nearly 4 hour long discussion regarding the rezoning of high density residential to community commercial.
At the time, project partner and realtor Jim Theis noted that other properties such as land at Monte Vista Crossings were looked at for the center, but none of the properties they look at fit their needs or were economically viable.
Turlock Planning Commissioner Elvis Dias, in particular, was concerned that other properties were available for the project and that it would be difficult to have findings reinforcing the need for an entertainment facility so much so as to rezone against the General Plan of Turlock.
The 2010 Planning Commission voted 5-2, with Commissioners Soraya Fregosi and Jeanine Bean opposing, to recommend a General Plan Amendment and Rezone for the planned development.
In December 2010, City Council would deliver a unanimous vote approving the project.
The start of construction on the project was announced by Theis in his quarterly newsletter, Turlock Home Finder, for the Fall of 2011 with a planned opening of Summer 2012.
However, funding issues came about and project was never able secure financing. By 2014, negotiations for a bowling alley in Turlock died off.
Even though this land was rezoned for the bowling alley, a Prime Shine Car Wash was ultimately put on the land instead. The bowling alley never came to fruition, although the reason the land was rezoned was for the bowling alley, not another car wash.
The rest of the land was rezoned back to High Density Residential to allow for construction of a four-story student housing project.
Now, plans for a 52,000 square foot Ten Pin Fun Center and Miko’s Sports Bar and Grill have come to the City from the same 2010 developer Rod Scott, and are currently under review. The planned location is back where it was stated that there was commercial land available for such a project, instead of rezoning against the Turlock General Plan.
Plans for the Family Entertainment Center have a location set at 3700 Countryside Drive in Monte Vista Crossings, next to Lowe’s. This is the same area that was determined to not meet the needs of the building in 2010.
“...That seemed to fit the bill for us especially with what’s going on,” stated Scott. “It made sense back there.”
“We looked around for a long time to try to find additional pieces of property, and we were originally going to try to put it in the original spot where the original bowling alley was, which was over on Pedras and Golden State,” explained Scott.
“It just didn’t work out. The property wasn’t large enough to handle the required parking.”
On this current project, Scott will not be joined by past project partners Powell and Theis.
Current plans for the entertainment center have listed a 34 lane bowling alley, 4,000 square foot laser tag room, a game room with 75 games and prize center, 7 party rooms that can host events, a bar area for bowlers, a sports bar and restaurant, billiards, shuffle board, bocce ball courts, and an outdoor dining patio.
Signage in the area indicates that the arrival of Ten Pin Fun Center and Miko’s Sports Bar and Grill is slated for Spring 2017.
Those who wish to voice their opinion on the proposed project will be able to do so at the tentatively scheduled Planning Commission meeting on Oct. 6.
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