A proposed 24-lane bowling center to be located on Highway 25 got a boost from the Brainerd City Council Monday.
The city council approved a $75,000 loan at 7 percent interest for five years, with interest only paid for the first two years.
The bowling center, to be called Jack's House, will be located on a five-acre site on Highway 25 near Highway 18, north of Radco. It will be owned by the same group that owns and operates Wadena Lanes.
Along with 24 lanes of bowling, the center will feature a lounge and restaurant; virtual reality games of golf, firearms and archery; an arcade; laser tag; a pro shop; a children's activity room; and an outdoor deck lounge and volleyball pits in the summer. One of the owners, Ginger Lorentz, said in three to five years a banquet facility would also be added.
Groundbreaking is planned for this fall.
Lorentz said there is a market for another bowling center in the community based on the numbers of bowlers leaving the Brainerd area to bowl elsewhere.
"But we're not only offering just bowling but a whole array of interests," she said. "Everybody will be able to find something to do."
The virtual reality golf, archery and firearms will feature national league play. There will also be billiards and darts at the center.
The restaurant will have 175 seats.
The city council was unanimous in its support for the bowling center.
"It's very well needed in Brainerd," said council member Bob Olson.
The city council also approved extending utilities to the site at a cost to the city of $75,000, and set a public hearing for the Planning and Zoning Commission on Oct. 3 to change the site zoning from industrial to business.
The liquor zone also is expected to be amended to include that area.
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