Terrace Lanes

Terrace Bowing Lanes and the Terrace Office Center on West College Terrace in Frederick. The bowling center was built in 1960.

Historical considerations could impact the future of a Frederick development that would add 300 housing units on the site of a bowling alley and shopping center in the city.

The city’s Historic Preservation Commission will consider later this month whether to recommend that a historic preservation overlay be applied to the Terrace Lanes property at 10-12 W. College Terrace, a nearby office building and the Patrick Street Center shopping center at 467 W. Patrick Street.

If approved, the project would add 300 units in three buildings on the site and the bowling alley would be removed.

Lisa Mroszczyk Murphy, a historic preservation planner for the city, briefed members of Neighborhood Advisory Councils 6 and 9 on the overlay process Wednesday night.

The project meets two criteria, for both its architecture and as an example of post-World War II suburbanization, she said.

The bowling alley was built as a tenpin bowling center in 1960, while the office building was added in 1969, according to an HPC staff report.

William Randall, president of Randall CAP, which owns the adjacent shopping center, wrote to Murphy and city officials in July saying that the property’s owners strongly oppose applying the overlay to the College Terrace property.

“Basically, while the sign is kind of cool, our feeling is that it is a cinder block with brick veneer ‘big box’ building, and there should not be a Historic Preservation Overlay,” Randall wrote. The HPC will make a decision after an Aug. 17 hearing, which would then move the project to the Planning Commission.

Ultimately, the mayor and aldermen will decide whether to apply the overlay, Mroszczyk Murphy said.

Mid-century architecture, such as the bowling alley with its accordion-style roof canopy and stylized diamond letters, is growing in significance, she said.

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(29) comments


Perfect spot for the proposed downtown hotel. No parking deck needed, either. Wont have to sorry so much about the heavy construction trucks with lowboys damaging water and sewer infrastructure. Wont have to infested patrick street with bedbugs. Giddy up


It isn’t the heavy trucks. It’s the public funding. That’s what you wrote.


So much change coming to our town. It will be very different in five years. The amount of investment capital out there is kind of unbelievable right now.


This is all about the Randall family wanting more money because the next generation can never have too much!!


Is wealth accumulation wrong?


Bummer the bowling alley closed... I guess COVID? It was always busy when we went...

Greg F

Really? What is it with this place that would rather preserve an unused and out-of-date building instead of putting homes where they aren't spread over FARM LAND instead? Tear the bloody thing down already and get on with it.


They can use the facade and sign for the new apartment buildings!


I don't have a dog in this fight, but I would be pissed as a building owner if right when I made arrangements to sell the Historic commission jumped in.


I have to agree with you on this one, shift. Those people stick their fat noses in too many places where they just don't belong.


You mean Ed Thomas' family is allowing this to happen? For years he used his political influence to prohibit additional ten pin alleys in FredCo. That said, the historic designation is the least of worries. The 300 units with additional cars, use of resources and general congestion is a major concern.


One more source of healthy family recreation gone.

Greg F

In case you hadn't noticed, bowling interest has declined significantly since your gramps was in the league in the 60s.


Went there a bunch before the pandemic and it was busy AF on weekends and league nights...


yes, but dead other times. Clearly this was not making as much money as the owner can get by selling to a developer.


Man, another subdivision?! That'll make Frederick even more "hip and historic"!!!

Greg F

At least it won't tear up farm land.


Wow. Most people don't know but that place gets very crowded. Every since they started night time/black light bowling, it gets packed. Not sure why the are selling. In the 90's that place was on its last leg but it looks good to me. Was there last week, first time since COVID.


We don't need any more houses especially low income housing around the schools.


Sure thing; we wouldn't want those poor people to be able to walk to school! I mean really, poor people should have to ride a bus for an hour to get to school.....


I used to love bowling there back in the early 60's, though I haven't since around '67 or so. And that was where the Flemming Ave. hippies would all hang out during the cold months in the early '70's, much to the consternation of management. While I haven't been it it for decades, I'd still hate to see it demolished and replaced with more housing units, something which Frederick needs no more of.


I've been going to Terrace Lanes since i was a kid. Took my kids there too. Always a good time. Very sad to see it go away.


[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] Jerry.


wow, more apartments!! We need more of them to degrade the quality of life even further!!


300 units in that cement desert? Where are people going to park? What street are they all going to pull out into?


We aren't supposed to have private vehicles anymore. All aboard the city bus!


What is that supposed to mean? Obviously I think you are being sarcastic but I don't know since I heard they were going to be low income apartments.


Crab; where do YOU think low-income apartments should be built? Please, let us know.


Believe me, they won't be low income - they'll be jus like the ones on Carroll Creek downtown.

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