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Neighbors Concerned by Relocation of Popular Bingo Hall

By Adam Pinsker, Multimedia Political Reporter, apinsker@ktuu.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:38:54 AM AKST
Updated On: Oct 16 2013 06:12:10 PM AKDT

With a lease expiring at the Tudor Square Plaza, a popular bingo parlor is moving down the road to a 20,000-square-foot facility at the site of the old "Call of The Wild" bar.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

Nearly every night for the last 20 years, John Powers and his crew at Tudor Road Bingo have entertained the masses with games of chance.

"We've got 36 different charities that we use in the state, and over the past 20 years, we've raised over $22 million," Powers said.

But with his lease expiring at the Tudor Square Plaza, Powers is moving down Tudor Road to a 20,000-square-foot facility at the site of the old "Call of The Wild" bar.

That building at the corner Tudor and Seward Highway interchange is set to open in the Spring of 2014.

The plans have neighbors worried. His soon to be new neighbors are concerned about an increase in traffic from the bingo hall, which can be accessed from Shelikoff Street.

"I don't know if there will be some things like fences, different lighting pointed away from the neighbors, maybe parking issues, and coinciding their events to where they won't be on the same night the children won't be playing soccer," said Kevin Fimon, president of the Campbell Park Community Council.

Neighbors said access to the neighborhood is already difficult since the elimination of a wall between Old Frontage Road and the intersection of Chirikoff Court and Becharoff Road.

"I think the biggest issue is the access to the neighborhood and out of the neighborhood, and currently there is only one way in and one way out," said Ryan Morgan, a resident.

Powers said there will be at least two nights per month when major promotional events are taking place at the bingo hall, and he promised to take extra steps to avoid conflicts with the neighbors.

"If there is a lot of traffic going down Becharof, we're going to have to do something about that, if that means doing something with flags, maybe orange cones," Powers said.

People working on the project are drafting traffic studies on the area, according to Powers, and the Campbell Park Community Council will discuss this matter 7:30 p.m. next Thursday at Tudor Elementary School.