New frame for Lucky Strike site

The owner of the site that once housed an Adams St. bowling alley says he’s making another run at building a mix of residential units and commercial space.

Saying he had been absent because of a heart attack a year and a half ago, owner Tam Tran told the Fields Corner Civic Association on Tuesday that he will come back to the group in September to present new plans for the site.

Four years ago, Tran bought the 20,000-square foot site, for years the home of Lucky Strike Lanes. But he clashed with members of the civic group, who were resistant to proposals that they say tried to squeeze too much development into the small space. Proposal after proposal was rejected, he said.

“I hope this time we can work together,” Tran said, noting that he had hired a new architecture company, the Somerville-based Mostue & Associates Architects Inc. The company has worked on local developments, such as Bloomfield Gardens, Tran said.

An Andover resident, Tran said he had had a “massive” heart attack a year and a half ago. “Somehow I survived,” he said.

“I want to start from scratch,” he told the Reporter after speaking to the small crowd of civic association members. “Whatever they need, whatever is best for the community.”

Tran also said he had hired a new maintenance company for the site and had fired the old one. “I didn’t check on them and they didn’t do a good job,” he said.

The Tuesday night meeting of the civic association, held at the Dorchester House, was the last one until September 28.