StrikeHouse Bowl, July Update

The intersection of Whiskey and Dougherty roads is pictured. A permit to demolish StrikeHouse Bowl, the building on the right, has been submitted to the City of Aiken.

The StrikeHouse Bowl building in Aiken is expected to be demolished within 45 days, and the property – slated to become a Taco Bell – should be fully set come the second quarter of 2019, according to a project official.

Bill Moseley – the managing member of MREA Aiken LLC, the property owner, and an employee of Moseley Real Estate Advisors, the developer – said development of the property is in concert with the City of Aiken's Whiskey and Dougherty roads intersection improvement project.

"We're trying to tie those two together," Moseley said Wednesday, later adding the Taco Bell development is "totally dependent" on what the City of Aiken can pull off.

"That's what the delays have been," he said.

The bowling alley property is on the corner of Whiskey and Dougherty roads. 

A request to demolish StrikeHouse Bowl was submitted to the City on July 16, according to the City's buildings inspections database. The permit still needs to be reviewed by a number of City departments, engineering and planning included.

StrikeHouse Bowl closed on Dec. 17, 2017, according to a related Facebook post.

The intersection improvement project involves expanding the intersection, throwing in an extra right-turn lane along Dougherty Road and accommodating nearby properties.

On July 9, the Aiken City Council unanimously approved funding the $2.5 million Whiskey-Dougherty improvement project. City Manager Stuart Bedenbaugh has previously described the approval as a "big deal" and a "very big" step forward.

Moseley said he is very excited to see things progress.

During City Council's meeting, Rick Toole, the president of W.R. Toole Engineers, said intersection improvements – "actual, substantial work," he noted – can't begin until the bowling alley is razed.

W.R. Toole Engineers will be managing the intersection project, according to City Council documents.

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