In a unanimous 9-0 vote, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission has approved, with conditions, the new bowling alley and entertainment center to be built on Uncas Avenue in Oak Bluffs, by developer Sam Dunn.
“I think this is a model project for a lot of reasons,” said commissioner John Breckenridge of Oak Bluffs. “This project can, in a lot of ways, set the tone for the town of Oak Bluffs. It’s good for the town and it’s good for our economy as a whole.”
“I’m very pleased with the decision,” Mr. Dunn said after the vote. “It validates the soundness of this project.”
As currently designed, the 13,500-square-foot building will have 10 bowling lanes, a bar, a restaurant, two golf simulators, a game room, an event room, and two apartments that would qualify as affordable housing. Mr. Dunn estimates the cost of construction at $2.5 million.
Mr. Dunn still has to get final approval from the MVC Land Use Planning Committee (LUPC) on the final plans for landscaping, storm water management, waste water management and exterior lighting. The commission also set limits on the sound coming from the building.
“I think this project is going to be good for the Island,” said commissioner Christina Brown of Edgartown. “I think our back and forth has been all for the good. Thank you Mr. Dunn.”
Mr. Dunn will go before the Oak Bluffs selectmen on March 25 to apply for a liquor license, which he has said is essential to the viability of the project.