A highly anticipated entertainment complex project in
The Surf City Promenade, a proposed 59,000-square-foot building that was to house a large movie theater, a bowling alley, an arcade, a laser tag game area and a restaurant, is not going to be built, Surf City Planning Director Todd Rademacher said.
"I was told that it wasn't going to happen," Rademacher said. "It is approved for a theater site so the promenade is not a dead project. It's still an active, viable project."
Town officials and residents have been waiting for the complex to be constructed since
Developer Mo Afify of A'n'A Builders said then that he wanted to have the complex open for business the following June.
Plans called for a 10-screen, 1,500-seat movie theater and 24 bowling lanes.
It is unclear why the project was canceled. Afify did not respond to a recent call for comment.
"Now that it's free to the market it'll be interesting to see what happens," Rademacher said. "It is completely possible that someone else could step up to the plate and build a theater there. With all that's going on it's still probably going to be a hot project. I can't imagine it sitting there for very long. I don't really see it as a negative."
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The site of the proposed promenade has been cleared and prepped for water and stormwater service.
Smaller retail spaces that are part of the initial project include McDonald's, CVS and a clothing boutique. Other outparcels are available for rent and sale.
Dunkin Donuts is still expected to open in one of spaces, Rademacher said.