After weeks of speculation, residents might receive some answers about the future of the Golden Bowl building at 535 24th St.
A community meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at City Hall on Feb. 19 to discuss plans to tear down the building and build a community grocery store.
The building has been up for sale, and according to Greater Golden Chamber of Commerce CEO Gary Wink, there is a purchase agreement between the building owners and Colorado-based Natural Grocers.
“Though I don’t think it’s been signed just yet,” Wink said.
Efforts to contact the ownership of Golden Bowl were not successful.
Likewise, calls to Natural Grocers were routed to the company’s real estate broker who did not return calls.
According to Community and Economic Development Director Steve Glueck, the city has yet to receive an official application for the work, though consultants for the buyer have shown city staff some preliminary concept drawings of the grocery store.
Glueck said he could not confirm that the consultants were working for Natural Grocers.
“What they described would be allowed under the current zoning, and would go through the Planning Commission for approval,” Glueck said, adding that an inquiry about a potential development does not always lead to a formal application.
The Golden Bowl building was built in 1952 and extensively remodeled in 2006, according to its website. The bowling lanes host the annual Scrambowl — Bowling For Lights fundraiser, as well as being part of the annual Golden Cruise antique car exhibition.
Wink said it was not the Chamber’s place to take sides for or against a given business decision, he said change can be beneficial.
“If it’s planned properly, I think it could be an asset,” Wink said. “Change can be good, even if what’s being lost in the process is pretty good.”