- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Obama administration posted a notice Wednesday of its intention to rebuild the White House bowling alley  with “green” materials, but canceled the notice later in the day.

The General Services Administration said in a notice posted online at 11:04 a.m. that it was looking to rebuild the two lanes located in the Eisenhower office building adjacent to the West Wing. 

But the notice was abruptly canceled at 4:05 p.m., after the proposed renovations were the subject of several news articles.

In its original post, GSA said the objective “is to replace the current, damaged and out dated lanes, approaches, pin setter platform (or pin deck) and gutters with new and modern products.”

“Specifically for the lanes, approach and pin deck, installing phenolic synthetic (or “green”) material,” GSA said. “Any and all replacement items will meet industry standard specifications, including variance tolerance set forth by the USBC (United States Bowling Congress). Contractor shall ensure proper repairs are made to the sub structure (as needed to meet USBC specifications), if any are found.”

The government said it’s been 15 years since the lanes “have had any professional, industry standard maintenance, modifications, repairs or attention.”

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“They are now irreparable,” GSA said.

The White House has had bowling lanes since the 1940s, when Harry S Truman was president. The lanes were moved to the Eisenhower complex in the 1950s.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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