Changes approved: Asbury Lanes renovations continue

By: Michelle Gladden -

The work continues on Asbury Lanes.

The Asbury Park planning board approved changes to the renovation plan of the Asbury Lanes music and bowling venue on Fourth Avenue on Nov. 1 The changes include a reduction parking spots due to alterations to an ADA-compliant access ramp and loading area located on the ocean side of the building.

Also, the mural by city artist  Mike “Porkchop” La Vallee on the ocean side of the building will be expanded and a new La Vallee mural will be painted on the western and northern sides of the building. An access ramp leading to the Asbury Hotel at the rear of the building is 90 percent complete, said representatives of iStar, the owner of Asbury Lanes and the Asbury Hotel, during the presentation.

To offset the loss of the parking spots, the planning board asked that more bicycle racks be added to the front of Asbury Lanes, which was agreed upon by representatives of iStar.

An iStar representative declined to comment to a reporter from the Asbury Park Press at the meeting.

Asbury Lanes began hosting national touring and local acts, mostly of the punk variety, in 2003. A representative of iStar previously said that they want to keep it an “iconic music venue.” iStar is in the bowling alley business, as they purchased 58 bowling alleys for $104 million in 2014, according to a company financial statement.


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