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Landmark building - once a family bowling alley, then an adult club - up for sale

A landmark building that was once a family bowling alley and then an adult nightclub, is once again without occupants to call its own.

The Salvation Army purchased the 15,376 square-foot structure located at 3535 Route 66 in April 2001, with the goal of renovating the building with a shady past and making it respectable once again.

Volunteers toiled to remove the black wall covering where exotic dancers once performed, as plans to convert the game room into a chapel and the bar into a youth center took shape.

In the back of the building, slick wooden bowling lanes were removed to make way for a 7,000 square-foot thrift store, and there were plans to convert the area that once held the bowling pins into a 3,000 square-foot sorting and processing area for donated used clothing.

However, volunteer work aside, renovations would not come cheaply.

The structure, purchased for $300,000 from Kyle Incorporated, needed an estimated $317,000 worth of renovations, including a new roof, a fire-suppression system, insulation and a new ceiling, a new air conditioner, a new floor for the thrift store area and carpeting for the balance of the building.

Other costs would have involved connecting to the city sewer system, and repaving the parking lot.

When the Sept.

11 terrorist attacks took the Salvation Army, and the world, by surprise, renovation plans were put aside.

Now renovations are out of the question, and the building is up for sale.

"It is being sold," said Salvation Army envoy Carol Hieb.

"Most of the funding for the building went to those two emergencies - Sept.

11 and the fires last summer - depleting the funding base."

Hieb said funds for renovation of the large building were to come from Salvation Army territorial headquarters.

"Whatever is left in the funding base for that (building) will be best used elsewhere," she said.

Built is 1964, the structure's first owner, Erma Lane, named the bowling alley "The Kingman Lanes," after herself, but some years later ownership of the establishment changed hands and the bowling alley became known as the "Kingman Bowl.

However, the Kingman Bowl closed its doors in 1999, not long after Cerbat Lanes opened.

Kingman Police Chief Larry Butler remembers the building was vacant for some time before it reopened as an adult nightclub.

"There were rumors about the operation.

We did make some arrests.

They were only open for a short time, less than a year.

I am glad the building is being utilized now," he said after the Salvation Army purchased the building in 2001.

Envoys Carol and Richard Hieb took over the Kingman Post of the Salvation Army after captains Will and Beverly Cobb were transferred to Mesa February 2002.

Carol Hieb said the building on Route 66 is currently up for sale, although the Kingman outpost needs room to expand its operations, which include a chapel and social service offices on Oak Street and a thrift store at 317 E.

Beale St.

"We are still looking for another location," Hieb said.

"Just something not quite so big, that does not require so much renovation."

All money from the thrift store goes to Salvation Army social services, including food, clothing, household items, transportation, long distance phone calls, emergency medications and emergency shelter for those in need who qualify.

In addition, the Salvation Army traditionally helps people in need during the holidays with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.