EATONTOWN: Fort Monmouth will soon be the home of a state-of-the-art bowling center.
The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) approved a purchase and sale agreement and ground lease agreement for the Bowling Center in Eatontown with Fort Monmouth B.E.C. (FMBEC) during a special meeting on Aug. 24.
The center is a 17,000 square-foot building located along the Avenue of Memories in Eatontown and features 20 bowling lanes, a pro shop, lounge area and kitchen. It is also zoned in the green tech campus area of the fort and has a parking area with 107 spaces.
FMBEC is owned by Keith Dougherty, who also owns Circle Bowl & Entertainment in Roxbury and has been in the bowling business since 1959. The Doughertys plan to renovate the center into an expanded entertainment destination with 20 renovated lanes, a full kitchen sports bar lounge, arcade game room, 2-story laser tag arena and an outdoor beer garden with a fire pit and bocce courts.
The new owner will also enter into an agreement with FMERA which will issue them a "special concessionaire permit" that will allow them serve liquor at the lanes.
They will pay $1.3 million for the bowling center and invest $3.7 million to complete the project.
Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly has said that although the property is located in Eatontown, there have been discussions between the borough and Oceanport about swapping the bowling center for a different property but no decision has been made at this time. Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey has also said that the borough would be interested in having the bowling center in Oceanport.