A proposal to redevelop the bowling alley property on 4245 Markham Street in central Annandale has resurfaced. According to an item in Mason Supervisor Penny Gross’s newsletter, “a rezoning application has been filed to redevelop the AMF Annandale Lanes bowling center into a mixed-use residential development.”
The proposal calls for “310 multifamily dwelling units with 6,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving ground floor retail,” the newsletter states. The applicant proposes rezoning the property from the “planned commercial district” designation to a “planned residential mixed-use district.”
Gross says there will be several community meetings with opportunities for public comment. The project is expected to be discussed at the next meeting of the Annandale Commercial Business District Planning Committee, tentatively scheduled for Jan. 14, 1 p.m., at the Mason District Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale.
Discussions on redeveloping this property have been going on for years. Last January, Jon Farmelo, president of J. Webb Properties, the owner of the site, announced plans to develop an apartment complex with some ground-floor retail. Under the new proposal, the project will be developed by a different entity, possibly Southern Management, Gross said.
The Annandale bowling alley “has always been a center of the community, and has become even more so since Fuddruckers closed,” said Fred Gill, manager of AMF Annandale Lanes, noting an increase in children’s birthday parties.
AMF Bowling Worldwide, the parent company of AMF Annandale Lanes went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy status in November 2012. Last June AMF merged with Bowlmor, creating a new company known as Bowlmor AMF.