Surf City entertainment complex plan nixed

Published: Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 14:58 PM.

A highly anticipated entertainment complex project in Surf City is no more, but town officials are optimistic good things are still to come for the site.

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 Surf City council members approved the project in September 2010.

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.

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