Former bowling alley to become $27M drug rehab

The pile of rubble and dirt on the site of the former Baker Lanes bowling alley in Cherry Hill will soon be transformed into a $27 million, 90-bed inpatient substance abuse treatment facility.

The new facility will include dedicated recreational activity areas for patients, including a yoga room, indoor basketball and volleyball courts, and a large gym.

It won’t, however, include a bowling alley.

The decline of Baker Lanes started long before demolition equipment started tearing into the walls of the rundown bowling alley over the summer. It had sat dormant since 2011 and was condemned by the township two years ago. It opened in 1958 and at one time was so popular, customers had to park across busy Cuthbert Boulevard in N.J. Bell parking lot when the lot there was full.