Mayfair Collection developer proposes industrial building for former AMF Lanes

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

Jan. 9, 2015

 A worker paints the boards covering the doors to the former AMF Waukesha Lanes on June 30, 2014 after the bowling center abruptly closed the day before.
Freeman file photo

WAUKESHA — A vacant bowling alley and night club could soon be home to an industrial building with multiple tenants, if the City of Waukesha Plan Commission agrees to change the zoning and land use plan for the site.

According to a business plan from HSA Commercial Real Estate, crews plan to demolish the former AMF Lanes/Rooters Night Club building at 901 Northview Road to build a 175,000square-foot multi-tenant “light industrial building.”

The bowling alley closed last summer amid financial woes after more than three decades of operation. AMF filed for bankruptcy in 2012.

According to the business plan, HSA did an internal market study that showed a demand for modern, flexible light industrial manufacturing space with loading docks. When the building is fully leased, about 175 jobs would be created, according to the plan.

Construction would take about nine months.

The 8.43-acre site is currently “split zoned,” with the former bowling center zoned for business and the southern section of the site zoned for industrial use. HSA wants the city to zone the entire site for industrial use, and change the land use plan from commercial to industrial, according to the business plan.

Chicago-based HSA has developed several similar projects throughout the state and region, including the $80 million Mayfair Collection retail center in Wauwatosa.