ILION, N.Y. --- The State Bowling Center in Ilion is for sale. The building has been a staple in the community since the late 1940s. Owner Rodney Brown said his decision to sell has nothing to do with the current pandemic.
"51 years is long time to be working with the public. My wife and I have been here for a long time. I just turned 73 yesterday. We need to retire and enjoy some life," said Brown.
Brown said he has every intention of reopening the alley once the state allows him to do so. Brown would need to follow all of the state guidelines that are in place including social distancing and heavy cleaning.
In terms of the property's next owner, Brown said he would make sure there's a smooth transition.
"If I do have a buyer and it's going to be a bowling center I'll try and help them figure out what they need to do and how to take care of things I'm not just going to walk away from it," said Brown.
Village of Ilion Mayor Brian Lamica hopes the property's next owner respects the building's strong history in the community.
"I think that whoever buys it understands that its an important part of the community. I just don't want an irresponsible owner buying it. I just don't want someone buying it then next thing you know we have code complaints. I want whoever buys to be a positive impact on the community," said Lamica.
Brown and his wife will continue to run and maintain the property until a new owner is found.