National Church Residences has a purchase agreement with the landlord who owns Thompson’s Capri Bowling Lanes in Northland, but the deal is pending, said an official with the company.
Todd Hutchins, spokesperson for the senior-living organization, said the property is in proximity to Salem Village, another project by National Church Residences, so it would make sense to cluster the facilities.
Otherwise, it has nothing specific to present to the community because the company does not yet own the land, he said.
“If this goes forward, we will continue to serve seniors in the Northland community, but right now, we don’t have a plan,” Hutchins said.
Meanwhile, the owners of Thompson’s Capri Lanes said they plan to close April 30 after more than 50 years in business.
Owner Dan Thompson said the lease is up at the end of April and the business couldn’t outbid National Church Residences.
“We have no recourse,” said Thompson, who bought the bowling alley 27 years ago with his wife, Terrie. “We didn’t have the resources to buy it.”
Thompson said it would take a month to sell and clear all the equipment out of the space.
“Capri Lanes is not only a bowling alley but a part of us and a place many would say is like a second home to them,” said Heather Innes, a customer who lives in Worthington. “For many bowlers, this building houses a lot of memories and cherished moments that shaped us into who we are today and helped us grow as people, which is why this news hits us so hard,”
The site, 5860 Roche Drive, has been a bowling alley since 1965, according to the Franklin County Auditor’s Office.
The 24,948-square-foot building sits on nearly 2.5 acres, the website said.
Hutchins said he was unaware of a bidding war between his company and the Thompsons but said National Church Residences plans to have invested more than $48 million in the Northland community by next year, including $17 million to build Salem Village at 1009 E, Dublin Granville Road , near the bowling alley.
Work recently was started on Salem Village, which will have 76 apartments. It should be completed in the first half of 2023, Hutchins said.
“National Church Residences plans to further its efforts to provide low-income seniors with more housing options in the Northland neighborhood so more seniors can stay in this community, where they have deep social roots after growing up, making friends and raising a family in this area,” he said.