Bowling Alley Site on Willamette to start construction soon

Commercial building set to replace Eugene’s Southtowne Lanes bowling alley

After the bowling alley on Willamette Street burned down, destroying a much-loved neighborhood recreation venue, many wondered what would go up in its place.  The question was particularly of interest given the controversy surrounding the South Willamette Special Area Zone... would the bowling alley site be rebuilt in a manner that would encourage walkability?  The answer was no.  According the Register Guard, construction is set to begin soon for a single-story commercial building with parking in front.  Neighbors who both supported and opposed the SWSAZ are disappointed.

The new building will be similar in function to a pair of multitenant commercial buildings a block south of the bowling alley site. Those buildings house small restaurants such as Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Off the Waffle, Kung Fu Bistro and El Super Burrito, plus Great Harvest Bread Co., Metropol Bakery, a tanning salon and a hair salon. To make way for the new structure, the Brabhams plan to demolish a 4,000-square-foot building they also own next to the bowling alley.
— Elon Glucklich, the Register Guard