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Scotia bowling lanes gets $25K to spruce up appearance

Sunday, April 7, 2013
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Exterior of the Rolling Greens Lanes located on Mohawk Ave. in Scotia
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Exterior of the Rolling Greens Lanes located on Mohawk Ave. in Scotia

Rolling Greens Lanes will soon have a new look. One that’s a little less drab, and replaces the worn white and blue awning that juts out onto Mohawk Avenue.

The Scotia bowling alley is getting a little help for the project, too, in the form of a combined $25,000 from the county and village. The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority announced Friday that it would provide a $13,000 facade improvement grant, and the Village Revolving Loan Fund would provide a $12,000 loan to help with interior renovations.

“We are proud to continue to invest in our facility on Mohawk Avenue,” said Rolling Greens owner Frances Lawyer in a news release issued Friday. “We look forward to our new look this year and we thank Metroplex and the village for working with us to get this project rolling.”

Rolling Greens apparently occupies one of the village’s largest buildings, situated at 217 Mohawk Ave.

The first floor facade is all brick and windows, with an old awning hanging overhead that will be replaced.

The second floor facade is drab gray paneling.

Inside, there are 20 lanes across both floors, a restaurant and game area.

Lawyer, who has owned the establishment since 1999, has invested several hundred thousand dollars to fix the roof and do interior repairs and upgrades.

Local officials are hoping to spruce up the village’s main business corridor.

The latest project comes just weeks after Metroplex announced it had bought the former McDonald’s site — up the road past the Scotia Diner and O’Leary’s Pub and Grill — to clean it up and sell it to local business magnate Angelo Mazzone, who would eventually construct a bakery and retail strip mall there. An $8 million apartment complex also opened up on Mohawk Avenue recently.

Marty Finn, who chairs the county Legislature’s economic development committee, lauded the project for the “major boost” it would provide the county’s efforts to revitalize the Scotia area.

Meanwhile, Scotia Mayor Kris Kastberg commended established businesses for working together to improve the village’s downtown.

“The support from Metroplex and the county in the recent improvement efforts in Scotia have really paid dividends for both our existing businesses and the new ones coming in,” said Kastberg.

 
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