If you dig it, they will bowl – condo developer finds they have room for an undergound bowling alley – and asks city if they can make one

From the North Shore News:

If you dig it, they will bowl.

That was the outcome of Monday’s City of North Vancouver council meeting in which a Central Lonsdale bowling alley was approved and a disgruntled neighbour-to-be was ejected.

The developer, Onni Group, was excavating their 24- and 18-storey towers on the old Safeway site on 13th Street and Lonsdale Avenue when they realized there was space enough for storage, parking and a 7,884-square-foot bowling alley.

This realization occurred during the “fine tuning” process and was not an over-excavation, according to an Onni representative who spoke to council. A city staff report stated the site of the bowling alley: “was not originally contemplated to be excavated,” and not shown on the plans.

The subterranean bowling alley would likely consist of six lanes of 10-pin bowling and four or five pool tables.