Strikehouse Intersection

A request to demolish StrikeHouse Bowl, located at the intersection of Whiskey and Dougherty roads, has been filed with the City of Aiken.

StrikeHouse Bowl could soon be razed.

A demolition permit for 2205 Whiskey Road – StrikeHouse Bowl – was filed with the City of Aiken on July 16, according to the City's building inspections database.

The application has only been "entered," according to the database, and still requires review at several levels, including engineering and planning, according to Ryan Bland, the City's planning director.

Application review takes a couple weeks, according to the City's building inspections department.

StrikeHouse Bowl, one of the last places to bowl in the Aiken area, closed Dec. 17, 2017. The former owners posted about it on the business' Facebook page.

The inspection database lists Thompson Building Wrecking Company as the demolition contractor. The demolition company is located in Augusta.

The StrikeHouse Bowl property, appraised at nearly $509,000 in 2017, according to Aiken County property records, is slated to become a Taco Bell. A timeline for that commercial construction is unclear.

The bowling alley is also at the center of the now-approved Whiskey and Dougherty roads intersection improvement project.

The Aiken City Council unanimously approved funding the Whiskey and Dougherty roads project – which involves widening the intersection, constructing an additional turn lane from Dougherty Road and accommodating nearby property – on July 9.

The undertaking, in total, is priced at $2.5 million, according to related bid documents. Work will last 224 consecutive days, according to the same documents.

W.R. Toole Engineers will manage the construction, according to City Council documents.

During the July 9 City Council meeting, Rick Toole, the president of W.R. Toole Engineers, said intersection work is expected to begin in the first few weeks of August.

Toole told City Council demolition of StrikeHouse Bowl had been requested concurrently.

"We can't begin any actual, substantial work on the proposed project until the power poles are relocated and the building is demolished," Toole said. "The building has to be demolished first, that's the No. 1."

The bowling alley comprises more than 10,700 square feet and was first built in 1953, according to Aiken County property records

Colin Demarest is the government and Savannah River Site reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter: @demarest_colin