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Pima County votes to buy bowling alley

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Caryn Bustos says she practically grew up at Golden Pin Lanes.?

First learning to bowl at Golden Pin, then working as a manager for the last twenty years.

So, it's no surprise that she says she's going to miss this place.

"You know it's heartbreaking in a way cause I love my customers, I love my staff but I do understand," said Bustos.

Bustos is starting to say goodbye because on Tuesday Pima County Supervisors voted to buy the bowling alley.

County officials say Golden Pin, will now be turned into office space for the county.

"The owner, he's had a good run in the bowling industry, there was just no other outside entities willing to look at keeping it a bowling center here in the Tucson area," said Bustos.

Pima County Supervisors approved the purchase in a close 3 -2 vote.

Supports of the purchase say consolidating six Pima County offices inside the bowling alley will save the county millions.

"This puts in place a good deal that makes sense for the taxpayers as well as for the folks who need services," said District 5 Supervisor Richard Elias.

Opponents of the plan say the purchase is rushed.

"This is wrong, this it is not doing our due diligence and it is putting a finger in the eye of the taxpayers," said District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller.

Longtime bowlers like Rodney Knudson are saddened by the news.

He says he'll keep coming to Golden Pin as long as they're still open.

Golden Pin managers say the bowling will remain open while the sale is completed.

The entire process could take between 12 and 15 months.

"We will be open as usual for at least the next year," said Bustos.

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