By Ann Lovell
RICHMOND, Virginia—Lakewood, a LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement community in Richmond’s west end, will begin demolishing its community center Feb. 9 to make way for a $64-million expansion to its campus.
To mark the beginning of the demolition, the retirement community will host a remembrance and celebration service for residents and guests at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 in the community’s Simms Center.
Lakewood Executive Director Barrett Way recognizes the importance of the community center to many Lakewood residents and wants to mark the occasion appropriately — honoring the past while also looking forward to the future.
“We want to remember what happened in this building,” Way said. “We have a lot of residents, resident families and past residents who have the experience of being in this building … and we want to remember and appreciate those memories.”
The community center, which opened July 20, 1978, once housed the community’s health care center. It will be replaced by a state-of-the-art four-story clubhouse with 44 apartments on the upper floors. The new clubhouse will also provide underground parking and offer views of a new lake with walking paths, gardens, fire pits and a waterfall feature, Way said. In addition the expansion will include two mansion-style buildings with 10 homes in each.
“On Feb. 9 we’ll have a celebration of knocking the building down, but also a time to remember the individuals who called this building home. We want to remember the memories that took place in this space, but also celebrate the future as we welcome a brand new state-of-the-art campus,” Way said.
Ann Lovell is corporate director of communications for LifeSpire of Virginia. For more information, she may be contacted at email@example.com or by phone at (804) 521-9192.
LifeSpire of Virginia manages four continuing care retirement communities across Virginia: The Glebe in Daleville, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Chesapeake in Newport News, and Lakewood in Richmond.