Colonial Lanes (Website) closed on Thursday, May 24.

The Milk District bowling alley had sold to Titan Properties in February, to be transformed into a self-storage facility. We broke the story about the filed paperwork HERE in August 2017 which resulted in an outpouring of support for the much-loved business and in general disbelief along with cries of “fake news.”

Yet following the closure and subsequent demolition of Colonial Lanes, the front half of the building has remained largely untouched. That’s because it will remain a bowling alley. Sort of.

Plans for final approval of a minor plat for Colonial Lanes went to City Council on October 22, to allow the developer to split the project into two; a three-story mixed-use building with office and retail, and a truncated Colonial Lanes Bowling Alley.

Permits and design work are still being completed, with several hurdles to jump through before anything definite can be said about what form the bowling alley will take when it eventually reopens, but we’ve been informed by one of the project developers that they are aiming to make it more of an “upscale entertainment complex.”

More details to come.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of

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      1. Agreed. How do you ‘break a story’ with your pop infested website that requires a subscription? smh