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Bowling center project in Thousand Oaks reportedly moving ahead

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The headline in this week’s Acorn newspaper pretty much told the story: “Bowling alley backers hard to pin down.”

The article focused on a proposed bowling center and indoor skateboarding area for the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks. There is still hope that the facility could be open by early next year, according to the Acorn story.

But it’s no slam dunk.

The Acorn reported in August that a combined bowling center, indoor skateboarding area, arcade and lounge were planned for the Janss mall, which is located at 275 N. Moorpark Road in east Ventura County.

In a story a month ago, examiner.com reported that there was considerable uncertainty about when the new center would begin operations – or even if it would.

Construction had not started at that time at the 17,000-square-foot former Linens ’n Things store, which is now occupied by Padavo Home Furnishings.

The Acorn reported this week that plans for the bowling house and skateboarding area could be finalized by this summer. Sandy Sigal, chief executive and president of NewMark Merrill Companies, which owns the Janss mall, was quoted by the Acorn as saying the project “is definitely still moving forward.”

But the weekly newspaper reported the entrepreneurs involved in the project had not yet submitted paperwork to the city.

Still, the entrepreneurs reportedly have paid the lease for their spot at Janss mall and have hired consultants to work on the idea.

The Conejo Bowl was the last bowling center in Thousand Oaks.

Conejo Bowl owner Larry Janss closed the community landmark in 1995, saying that longtime patrons had moved away and a two-year-old city smoking ordinance had reduced business by 10%.

The proposed bowling center would have 20 lanes.

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