New bowling alley proposed for Burlington South End warehouse

A bowling alley could be coming to the South End of Burlington soon. 

Part of a warehouse on Pine Street, owned by the Burlington City Arts Foundation but leased to the Burlington-based development company Redstone, is under review to be partially re-zoned as a bowling alley. 

Room for a bowling alley: The northern portion of a warehouse at 405 Pine Street in Burlington is seen in this wide-angle photo taken on July 28, 2020.

“I think it’s a pretty cool use for that space,” said Doreen Kraft, the executive director of Burlington City Arts. “This is nice and compatible with the arts.” 

The Burlington City Arts Foundation acquired the building — a 30,800-square-foot warehouse at 405 Pine Street — at the end of 2019, and planned to use the space for low-cost artist and musician studios, which it has for many months. A 14,440-square-foot section of the warehouse is being leased by Redstone, who submitted an application on July 20 to change the use of the space from warehouse to bowling alley.

A building with more potential: The warehouse at 405 Pine Street in Burlington, viewed from the southwest (Pine Street is in the distance) is seen on July 28, 2020. A bowling alley has been proposed for a northern section of the building.

Kraft said the plans for the bowling alley space include an attached restaurant and bar with a deck for outdoor seating. Tenants and employees in the rest of the building, she noted, are excited about having food on the premises. The zoning permit application suggests the alley will have 10 lanes. 

Redstone did not respond to several requests for comment by phone. 

The shaded front entrance of Burlington City Arts at 405 Pine Street is seen on July 28, 2020.

Burlington’s only current bowling alley is tucked away in the basement of the St. Mark’s Parish church in Burlington’s North End. It has eight lanes and is open to the public by reservation. 

HIDDEN BOWLING:Burlington’s only bowling alley is hidden in a church basement

The bowling alley in the basement of St Mark Parish church on North Avenue in Burlington's New North End.

The permit application for the Pine Street warehouse is classified as “under review” on the City of Burlington’s website.

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