1959 Milk District Bowling Alley to be Demolished Upon City Council Approval

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By Mark Baratelli
A staff recommendation was presented to the Municipal Planning Board to approve a new Master Plan for the 2.47 acres Colonial Lanes property at 400 N. Primrose Drive. The property is currently developed with a 33,000 sq. ft. bowling alley and 197 parking spaces.

The new Master Plan calls for the demolition of Colonial Lanes. Phased development is called for in the Master Plan. Phase 1 will consist of a 3-story, 97,500 sq ft personal storage facility called Titan Primrose Self Storage with 1,500 sq. ft. of ground floor retail. The content of future phase(s) has yet to be determined. The proposal will consist of two parcels and phases, with the personal storage facility on parcel 1 (1.52 acres) and future development on parcel 2 (0.98 acres). 

The City recently adopted new rules to regulate the Personal Storage uses including requiring an additional principal use on the site. The application for Titan Primrose Self Storage was received prior to the adoption of these new rules and is therefore only subject to the previous standards. 

The next steps for the project are having the Municipal Planning Board minutes scheduled for review and approval by City Council and then applying for building permits. 

The bowling alley, built in 1959, is owned by Colonial Bowling Lanes, Inc. The +2.5 acre subject property, located within the Colonial Town Center neighborhood, is north of E. Livingston St., west of N. Primrose Dr., east of N. Bumby Ave. and south of E. Colonial Dr. 

The subject property has a future land use designation of Metropolitan Activity Center which has no minimum intensity and a maximum intensity of 3.0 FAR. The property has an existing zoning designation of AC-3/AN which is intended to provide for large concentrated areas of residential, commercial, office, industrial, recreational and cultural facilities at a scale which serves the entire metropolitan area, and at the highest intensities to be found anywhere outside of Downtown Orlando. 

Some of the design requirements include the following: 
  1. Onsite canopy trees are required.  
  2. The southern facade must emphasize human scale design features that interact with pedestrians. 
  3. All facades must include architectural fenestration/articulation and decorative accents
  4. The single pedestrian walkways will be widened to create more of a plaza/courtyard appearance.
  5. An appearance review is required at the time of permitting.