Demolition crews knocked down about 9,000 square feet of the former North Shore Recreation Center bowling alley in Ferrysburg on Monday. The remaining 20,000 square feet will house the Shoreline Sport & Spine Center, a gymnasium for sports and personal training sessions, and office space.
The building is on Cove Street, south of VanWagoner Road and east of U.S. 31.
The Shoreline Sport & Spine Center is currently located at 17212 VanWagoner Road in Ferrysburg. Its owner, Dave VanAndel, said he hopes to open the new location this summer.
The portion that was razed Monday was the former restaurant, bar and banquet area on the northeast side of the building.
“We're going to rehabilitate the majority of the square footage that was the bowling alley,” VanAndel said. “The restaurant part was pretty tough to salvage.”
The bowling lanes, pin-setters and restaurant equipment were already gone when VanAndel bought the building from a bank.
Besides housing VanAndel's therapy business, about 6,000 square feet of the building will be a mixed use of business and medical offices.
“The reason we liked that building was because we could reuse so much of it,” VanAndel said. “I think it's going to be a really nice building when we're done with it.”