Oak Bluffs is one step closer to a bowling alley

An excavator Thursday makes way for a new Oak Bluffs bowling alley. — Photo by Steve Myrick

Demolition has begun on the long abandoned former laundromat on Uncas Avenue to make way for a new bowling alley/entertainment center. The new entertainment center will house 10 bowling lanes, a bar, a restaurant, two golf simulators, a game room, an event room and two apartments that will qualify as affordable housing.

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission approved the entertainment complex in March.

Developer and architect Sam Dunn estimates the construction costs will be around $2.5 million. Mr. Dunn hopes to have the excavation, concrete work and plumbing completed by mid-summer. “We have a very complicated footing and foundation situation, “ he said Thursday.

If all goes well, exterior construction of the steel modular building will begin in August. “We’re going to try our hardest to be open by the holidays,” Mr. Dunn said.