Save Golden Pin Lanes!
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Golden Pin Lanes is located on W. Miracle Mile Road. It is a gathering place for the community to come together, and enjoy time together. It is at risk of being bought and converted into office buildings, taking a family-friendly establishment and turning it into office buildings. We can have both faclities in the area -- the property across the street is also for sale.
The Oracle Area Revitalization Project was tasked with finding ways to improve the economy of Ward 3, one of the poorest areas in Tucson. The acquisition of Golden Pin Lanes -- a vibrant, recently remodeled community entertainment venue -- into office buildings destroys the community that gathers in Ward 3 to enjoy life. Yes, there are plans of building a new bowling facility in the District, but that requires Tucsonans to have transportation to get to the District.
The costs of time for travel, the costs out of pocket, and the costs to the environment for transportation are unnecessary and unfair, widening the already wide gap between socio-economic classes in Tucson.
We need to do the right thing, not take the easy way out.
Please join me in sending a clear message to the Board of Supervisors, and Mayor and Council that we have had enough of the socio-economic disparities caused by bureaucracy.
I have already contacted Pima County Supervisor Bronson, Pima County Supervisor Elias, and Tucson City Mayor and Council regarding our concerns with the acquisition of Golden Pin Lanes.
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Dear Mayor and Council, and Board of Supervisors,
How are you? I hope you are well. I am contacting you regarding the acquisition of Golden Pin Lanes. I am concerned about the pending acquisition. The Golden Pin Lanes is a community outlet in an area struggling for having community outlets. The planning group for the 2nd Miracle Mile Car Show, recently met to plan for October 2018. We are asking that you help the Board of Supervisors reconsider purchasing Golden Pin Lanes, and select the site across the street instead. We understand that the owner of Golden Pin Lanes is aging, and had hoped to sell to someone who would continue to operate it as a bowling alley. The owner across the street is also aging, and is interested in selling. Perhaps the Board could consider purchasing both (or leasing Golden Pin Lanes, and allowing current management to run the operations? My understanding is that the facility is operating at a profit. Maybe outside the box thinking and do a co-lease with the City's Parks and Rec?). Oracle Area Revitalization Project Community Member Hanson Fotherby's comments are below:
"I would like to let you know that a few days after the Golden Pin Lanes Bowling Center meeting... and I pointed out the telephone number... on the sign across the street on the southwest corner of Fairview and West Miracle Mile Road, I called around the Pima County offices and was put in contact with a man who is in the office that is in charge of finding land for the County. I told him about the owner across the street, gave him the man's name, address and telephone number and told him that the owner of the land is very old and when I talked to him over a year ago he was quite interested in selling it. The man in the office then looked up the property, took down the information and told me he would present it to the people in charge at a meeting he was attending that afternoon. He said that the County had heard a lot of dissonant voices concerning the sale of the bowling center and he told me that they wanted to do due diligence to all other possibilities before they went through with it.
I also told him that he should build on the southwest corner of Fairview and West Miracle Mile because 1.) They will be tearing down a place close by for their employees to go to eat and relax for lunch and after work. 2.) The southwest corner is mostly bare land so they can build their offices to suit their needs there and not have to tear everything apart and try to suit the bowling center to their needs. 3.) The bowling center just spent millions on renovation and employs a number of people who would be put out of work and county employees using their services could keep them in employment. 4.) The present southwest corner looks decayed and poor and county employees would have to look at it every day as they get in and out of their vehicles in the parking lot."
Please stop the acquisition of Golden Pin Lanes as an office building, and keep Golden Pin Lanes in our community!
Thank you for your time,
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