Former bowling alley plans moving forward

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

Jan. 15, 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 - The Plan Commission has agreed to change the zoning and land use plans for a former bowling alley and night club site, which would eventually make room for a developer to build an industrial building with multiple tenants.

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 175,000-square-foot multi-tenant “light industrial building.”

Wednesday night, the Plan Commission unanimously voted to change the zoning and land use plans for the site.

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 9 months.

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

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