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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Tekoa council approves possible building acquisition of former 'Tekoa Bowl'


July 26, 2018 | View PDF

The Tekoa city council last week narrowly voted to move ahead with a process to assume ownership of the former Tekoa Bowl building which is located behind the Post Office.

Owned by two brothers, one in Bellevue, the other in Spokane, it has been offered to the town to take it over. Steve and Bud Greene inherited the building from their mother and have since talked with Tekoa Mayor John Jaeger about the building.

“They're not going to do anything with it,” Jaeger said.

The city council July 16 talked about whether the city should take up their offer to donate the former bowling alley with the lanes removed.

After discussion by the council, Mayor Jaeger broke a tie 2-2 vote to move ahead.

City Attorney Stephen Bishop will now send papers to the two brothers for a transfer of title. If the city takes over, Jaeger suggests they will apply for .09 funds from the county to fix the roof. Part of it has blown off.

How much would that take?

“It'd take a chunk. The whole roof might need to be replaced,” Jaeger commented.

They would offer a rental rate of $25 per month for the first three months to a tenant as the city does with its former city shop building, which is now rented to Panhandle Truck and Equipment Repair.

The bowling alley went out of business in the '80s and the building later was used as car-repair space.


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