Intracorp will soon bulldoze a 63-year-old bowling alley in Torrance to build more than 200 homes in what is believed to be the city’s first major apartment project in half a century.

The Vancouver-based developer expects to break ground this summer on the 218-unit apartment complex at 22501 South Hawthorne Avenue, Reported by Urbanize Los Angeles.

It will replace Gable House Bowl, a 40-lane bowling alley that opened in 1960 and closed this year as business slumped during the pandemic.

Dubbed The Gable House Apartments in honor of the former 10-pin hangout, the 3.8-acre project will include 218 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and 12,000 square feet of ground-floor shops and restaurants. Seventeen units will be set aside as affordable.

The five-story complex was designed by Santa Monica’s VTBS Architects and was inspired by the mid-century modern gables of a bowling alley. Tan and white shops will line Hawthorne, with gray and white apartments with balconies behind them.

The apartments will include a swimming pool, fitness center, outdoor decks and a co-working area.

Intracorp expects to complete the project by 2025.

According to Urbanize, Gable House is one of the first large-scale multifamily rental projects built in Torrance in 50 years and could lay the groundwork for more housing in the South Bay as state housing legislation forces local jurisdictions to relax zoning rules .

In March, the city approved Legacy Partners’ 200-unit apartment complex in Foster City will replace the parking lot Del Amo Circle West and Carson Street, just west of Hawthorne Avenue.

Torrance has three operating bowling alleys in 2020. The loss of the Gable House Bowl left the city with only one set of fairways, the bowlerOpened in 1957 as the Bowl-O-Drome at 21915 SW Avenue, According to Torrance Daily Breeze.

Googie style Palos Verdes Bowl at 24600 Crenshaw BlvdOpened in 1958 and closed in 2020. In its place is a shopping center with an Aldi grocery store, Chick-fil-A and a Kinecta Federal Credit Union.

Intracorp is demolishing two office buildings in Tustin Construction of 18 duplex homes and 4 single-family homes At 17802 and 17842 Irvine Boulevard.

— Dana Bartholomew

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