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Whitman: Neighbors Have Mixed Feelings On New Bowling Alley

Whitman: Neighbors Have Mixed Feelings On New Bowling Alley
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The construction in progress at the former Thomas Colace building.

It’s not unusual to walk through Whitman and encounter some type of structure that is either a vacant lot, abandoned property or building under construction.

On the corner of Oregon  Avenue and Swanson Street  lies a large factor building that was formerly a fruit and produce distributor called Thomas Colace and Company, which moved their location to New Jersey. The building is now being developed into a bowling and entertainment facility by the owner of North Bowl in Northern Liberties.

North Bowl on 2nd and Poplar has been opened since 2006.

North Bowl on 2nd and Poplar has been open since 2006.

North Bowl is located at 2nd and Poplar streets, a few blocks away from the Piazza at Schmidts. North Bowl is a two story building with a bar, dining area and main lanes down stairs, and another bar, four private lanes, two pool tables , air hockey and arcade games up above.

The 19 E. Oregon Ave. facility is supposed to contain similar entertainment, such as bowling, arcade games, bar and restaurant, pool tables and batting cages outside. The location is down the street from popular tourist attraction, Tony Luke’s.

Crowds at Tony Luke's, directly down the street from the location of the upcoming bowling alley.

Crowds at Tony Luke’s, directly down the street from the location of the upcoming bowling alley.

“It makes sense,” Shraya Divaker said while in line at the crowded cheese steak spot. “It’s always packed here. It’s good way to get business and popularity.”

“It’ll bring a good source of entertainment to the area, which is kind of bare. And seems pretty unique,” Kellie Marinecki added.

But others are skeptical of the new location.

“North Bowl is so ridiculously overpriced,” said Tommy Christopher, a local resident. “This is going to be the same exact way.”

“I don’t think I’d go there,” Brandon Bradley agreed. “It’ll probably be expensive.”

In an area where vacant land is a common sight, Roxann Bomento seems satisfied.

“At least they’re putting something there,” Bomento said. “It’s better than an abandoned building.”

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