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By Alan Danque
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About

We plan to renew and reopen a once dearly loved family entertainment center in the Chicagoland area. It was the home of "Crete Family Fun Center" for more than 55 years and has closed a few years ago after the owner passed away approximately 2 years after the owner's wife passed away. It can be said that he may have died of a broken heart. Below is a picture of how the Crete Family Fun Center looked in 1929 before it was converted into a family entertainment center.

Spanos Open Air Market, Crete - 1929
Spanos Open Air Market, Crete - 1929

The location started off as an open market and later a driving range was added to it. This started the FEC conversion to the once well known family entertainment center.

Driving range
Driving range

 Later a miniature golf course was added.

Miniature golf course
Miniature golf course

 And later a batting cage was added.

Batting cages
Batting cages

After the loss of it's owners, time, weather and weeds have taken quite a toll on this center, further tucking away the memories it had stored.

Time & weather beaten view of driving range as it looks today.
Time & weather beaten view of driving range as it looks today.
Current view of the once beautiful miniature golf course.
Current view of the once beautiful miniature golf course.

It has many amenities that can be restored and reused, however we don't want to just re-open it, we want to reclaim its glory and "tech-the-heck" into it to bring this monumental place for many - to be appreciated again by people around the world. 

As an army veteran with more than 20 years of technology development experience, my goal is to purchase the property, rehab it and add new fun amenities to "future-tech-the-heck into it". This will allow for us to start on a dream to continually create new and awesome looking video games as well as futuristic gaming technologies and animated movies.

Below is a layout of our plan from a high level. It notes our plan to keep the miniature golf course (will be adding to it after opening as would like to have large animated robots sculptures added to it.), batting cages and a portion of the driving range. We plan to add a ropes course, a live entertainment venue in the larger area of the current driving range, a zero depth water park, and convert the go kart track and garage into a indoor and outdoor gourmet hamburger restaurant and sports bar. 

Map outline of changes to the Crete Family Fun Center
Map outline of changes to the Crete Family Fun Center

 Below is a render of the later redesign of the street facing side of the building.

Future Cen Energy Entertainment building.
Future Cen Energy Entertainment building.

Below is our plan for our family friendly entertainment center. We plan to have a redemption video arcade with great prizes, a fresh and tasty hand made pizza restaurant, party rooms and a themed laser tag room.

Building floor plan
Building floor plan
Redemption Arcade
Redemption Arcade

Below is our gaming missions room where players can "CENERGIZE" their gaming experience using our top of the line skylake DDR4 gaming workstations designed specifically to give our gamers a strategically responsive advantage in tournaments and esports of any kind. Why spend $3,500 (+ more for games) for a gaming rig when you can sensibly rent ours and play any game you wish for a few dollars an hour!

Gaming Missions Room
Gaming Missions Room

Players at our gaming lounge will be able to play any game we have available either offline or online, while spectators will be able to watch our players either over the internet on our site, or in our facility.

Gaming Missions Lounge design
Gaming Missions Lounge design

Please press play below to review a video of our futuristic gaming missions room.

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Below is an example of the 4D gaming simulator technology we plan to build. Each pod contains a team of two players who will each encounter an immersive 4D game experience. All pod players will be connected to the internet for all to watch as they combat each other in futuristic vehicles of their choice, all physically simulated using hardware we will build. 

CEN AVAWARS GAMING SIMULATOR PODS
CEN AVAWARS GAMING SIMULATOR PODS

We will couple this new hardware with the best game development platform - Unity 5. Our platform will be designed to allow game developers in our facility and over the internet to build games that can be played within our missions pods around the world in a global tournament style arena.

Below is a video that can give you a better idea of what the missions pods will look like.

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We are also planning to convert the existing go-kart track and garage into a tasty gourmet hamburger sports bar and restaurant.

Go kart garage restaurant conversion
Go kart garage restaurant conversion
Cen Energy restaurant conversion
Cen Energy restaurant conversion

Not only will your contribution allow us to reopen this family entertainment center it will also create many new jobs. It will provide us the funding we need to give birth to a new online gaming missions platform we call CEN AVAWARS, complete with 20 gaming rigs, a console video game area and the 4d gaming simulator pods. All viewable remotely from the web.

If given the chance to reopen this center and start our operations, we will make it our focus to continually keep developing new and exciting gaming technologies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aiw1Sqp6su4&feature=youtu.be

Update: If you are not comfortable with the KickStarter platform, below is a link to the gofundme campaign. Please help me recreate new great jobs and create a great entertainment destination! Thank you so much! As a contributor, you will always be considered as a special guest in my "Founders Club"!

https://www.gofundme.com/SaveCreteFamilyFun

Thank you!!!

Risks and challenges

We have vetted a lot of the challenges including zoning, government approval, project and equipment costs estimates for the work to be completed, market analysis, and seasonality analysis.

The main challenge we are faced with is "timing". To get all the work started we need to have the following completed before winter sets in. There are roofing and electrical repairs as a start to the list of costs we have estimated with professionals. After the property purchase is complete we estimate it will take approximately 4 months to remodel both the FEC building and convert the go-kart garage. 2-3 months to procure and configure the needed technology and software game licensing for the Gaming Missions Lounge Room, clean up the miniature golf course, batting cages, equip the restaurants, redemption arcade, laser tag room and party rooms. Approximately 3-4 months to build the state of the art 4D CEN AVAWARS GAMING POD simulator environment and convert the driving range into a live outdoor entertaiment area. Another 4-5 months to build a ropes course with zip line and low depth water park area.

We believe these challenges are manageable risks and will be carefully monitored by yours truly.

Another risk is the first year after opening our doors. The first year open is a risk as we will be working hard to reach new and old customers for the first time and to invite them to our center. This is a common risk for all companies. To meet and manage this risk, we have developed multiple strategies of reaching entertainment enthusiasts around the area within a 30 mile radius and further. Our first focus is to continually build strong honest open minded and fun relationships with our clients and our employees. We will always focus on delivering on their needs and wants coupled with our creative ideas and technology.

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