Residents bid good-bye to Cosmic Bowling in east Richmond

The former Cosmic bowling and grocery store locations are being demolished in Hamilton to make way for two new residential towers with shops below.

As demolition began, community residents took to social media to express their memories of a bowling alley which was seen being razed late January.

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A resident posted “Say good bye to Cosmic bowling” with a photo which received comments of sadness on its closing, while others shared their birthday memories of the place.

The buildings on Gilley Road with a total of 225 residential units and 2,415 square feet of retail space on the ground floor just requires final approval from city council.

Oris Developments applied to the city to rezone the Bridgeview Shopping Centre at 23200 Gilley Rd. at the southeast corner of Westminster Highway and Gilley Road.

Of the 225 residential units, five per cent – 15 units – will be allocated to affordable housing units under the city’s former Affordable Housing Strategy – new developments have a 10-per-cent affordable housing requirement.

According to the project proposal, there will be an outdoor market square between the two proposed buildings which will include an outdoor seating area and space for public art.

Residents can also expect upgrades such as on-street bike lanes and an enhanced pedestrian crossing at an existing crosswalk around the block.

Clay Adams, spokesperson for the City of Richmond, said the rezoning for the development was granted a third reading and the Development Permit (DP) was reviewed and endorsed by the Development Permit Panel last May.

“We understand the applicant to be actively addressing (rezoning and DP considerations), so while we expect the project to continue forward, the timing is primarily in the applicant’s court,” said Adams.

A photo posted on social media with the caption "Say goodbye to Cosmic bowling." Photo source: Ted Lee/FACEBOOK

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