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Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 9:05 am

OLEAN — Along the western edge of Forness Park stands a vacant building and closed miniature golf course that has been overgrown by weeds and brush.

But that will change through the construction of Good Times of Olean — a 50,000-square-foot, two-story recreation center proposed by ETJM Properties LLC.

“From a development perspective, this is something that we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said West Long, ETJM’s general manager. “In conversations, we’ve asked, ‘What is there to do in Olean as a family, as a parent and as adults?’ It seems like Olean has a lot of things to do, but they’re all cookie cutters of each other.

“And a lot of (children) now don’t go outside to play,” he said. “Instead, they’re inside playing video games. So for us, this facility is also a way to get people out and moving again.”

When built, the $5.5 million facility will boast many amenities, including 24 bowling lanes, a miniature golf course, volleyball courts, batting cages, billiards, a multi-use field, ping pong and other things.

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  • djrob6751 posted at 12:21 pm on Wed, Jul 25, 2012.

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    This would be wonderful thing to come to Olean and the area, but like most new businesses that would like to build in this area, the political red tape, enviromental and traffic studies, planning boards, and of course the comedy council deter any development from coming to this city.