A historic Glendale bowling alley that closed amid teary farewells in 2008 is slated to become a furniture showroom this fall.
The recently unveiled plan will outfit the brick box once known as Woodhaven Lanes - a pin paradise for 50 years - with arched entryways, metal roof panels and newly planted trees.
"Our plan is to take it, rehab it, make it very attractive for the neighborhood," Montague said, adding that plans also call for canvas awnings, split-face block veneer and windows.
He said the company's lease will run at least 10 years.
The renovations would radically alter the rather bland facade of Woodhaven Lanes, which hosted a nationally broadcast TV game show called "Jackpot Bowling" in 1959 and 1960.
The 60-lane alley soon became a community mainstay. It was still popular in 2008 when its operator, Brunswick, decided to focus on alleys in areas where the company already had a strong presence.
Later that year, city officials rejected a bid to honor the site as the city's first bowling alley landmark - a distinction that would have protected the building from major renovations or demolition.
Bowlers are now raising cash for a historical marker by the alley, hoping to preserve its memory even if its facade changes.
"The exterior of the building is incredibly ugly," said Robert Corroon, an agent for the site's owner. "If anybody wants us to maintain that look for historical purposes, the answer will be no."
Jim Santora, a one-time Woodhaven Lanes regular, said he hated watching the alley close, but felt even worse as it sat vacant.
"It deserved better than that," Santora said. "At least it gets a new life now."
"It's wonderful, it's perfect and there isn't any furniture store around," she said. "It definitely is an improvement. It just finishes off that whole strip on Metropolitan Ave."