Construction could begin as soon as this week on a new bowling alley and entertainment complex, and Douglasville’s Steak ’n Shake is still on pace for a late summer opening.
The Thunder Zone Entertainment Center, which will be located at 3140 Bright Star Road near the intersection with Douglas Boulevard, cleared a big hurdle Thursday when the Douglasville-Douglas County Water Sewer Authority issued a land disturbance permit.
The final step in the process is getting a building permit from the city, which Douglasville Development Services Director Jeff Noles said should happen “very soon.”
Steve Traylor, one of five co-owners of Thunder Zone, said he anticipates construction to start sometime this week, with a grand opening expected sometime in early December.
Traylor said the 42,000-square-foot building will have 28 bowling lanes, a large laser tag area, about 4,000 square feet of arcade games and a bar and restaurant.
The city originally approved the development plan for the site in February. At the time, Traylor said Thunder Zone would be similar to Stars and Strikes, a bowling alley and entertainment center, which has a location on Highway 92 in Dallas.
Traylor said the original hope was to have Thunder Zone open before Thanksgiving. But he said getting everything in place with the city and county pushed construction back about three or four weeks.
The site where the Thunder Zone Entertainment Center will go is currently a wooded area behind the Exxon station at the corner of Bright Star Road and Douglas Boulevard. Traylor said a construction road will have to be carved out first so crews can access the site.
The Steak ‘n Shake, meanwhile, is set to go on the site where the old West Georgia National Bank Building sits on Highway 5 next to Popeyes.
A representative for Steak ‘n Shake told the city in March it planned to demolish the bank building.
Noles said the city is still reviewing building permit plans for the burger joint and that demolition won’t start until that process is complete.
Steak ‘n Shake originally set goal of a late summer opening, and Noles said that hasn’t changed.
“It’s on schedule right now,” he said.