Bowling alley bought by Behavioral Connections PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:20
The possibilities of a vacant facility on South Main Street have apparently bowled over Behavioral Connections of Wood County.
The agency, with locations throughout the county, purchased the former Varsity Lanes bowling alley, 1033 S. Main St., on Aug. 29 for $522,750.
A press release issued Wednesday afternoon noted that the move was prompted by a desire to consolidate some of Behavioral Connection's numerous locations and services.
"Behavioral Connections is made up of mental health and substance services, located in many different locations," said the release.
"We have been providing important services in Wood County for more than 30 years, and some of our services are provided in buildings that we have leased for decades."
Currently, not counting residential services, Behavioral Connections has five locations in the 100 and 200 blocks of South Main Street, the 1000 block of North Prospect Street, and the 1000 block of Devlac Grove, as well as a location in the 27000 block of Carronade Drive, Perrysburg.
"For many years, Behavioral Connections has had a the goal of joining all, or almost all, of our Bowling Green services in a single integrated building," the release stated. "This would be more efficient to operate, and in fact, we anticipate a significant decrease in operating costs in such a consolidated building."
The agency had attempted unsuccessfully to purchase other properties in the past, and had its eye on the Varsity Lanes site when it came up for purchase.
"When the price dropped and the property was scheduled to be auctioned, we decided that the time was right and the price was right, and we purchased the property."
The press release admits that the site "would have to be significantly changed to meet our needs."
Monies from a fund reserve are expected to be used for the renovation.
Additionally, "we know we will have to launch a capital campaign. We are also speaking with several local banks about possible loans they can provide. We have learned that if we can provide some of the funds from our reserve and a fund raising effort, we can probably refurbish the building and make it ready for our use, while keeping our payments about the same as our current rent on the multiple buildings we currently use."
"The project will not be a quick one," the release concludes. "It will be quite some time before Behavioral Connections can occupy its new home."

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