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Lakewood to begin community center demolition Feb. 9

By Ann Lovell

Lakewood’s current community center, seen to the right in this aerial view, will be demolished Feb. 9 to make way for a $64-million expansion to the campus.

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.”

Lakewood’s expansion includes a state-of-the-art four-story clubhouse, pictured in this architectural rendering, with 44 apartments on the upper floors, underground parking and an indoor pool and fitness center.

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 alovell@lifespireliving.org 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.

Johnson Aquatic Center Now Open

TG Pool for Press Release

Residents, staff, and guests gathered at The Glebe on Thursday, October 30, 2014, to celebrate the opening of the Johnson Aquatic Center — The Glebe’s newest addition to the community’s wellness program. The architecture of the Center features high ceilings with wooden beams and large windows that let in an abundance of natural light and offer extraordinary views of the Allegheny Mountains. During the program, grateful appreciation was expressed for the generous donations that allowed the Johnson Aquatic Center to become a reality.

Both the pool and the adjoining spa are salt water, which helps reduce any odor of chlorine. Other features of salt water are that it feels very refreshing and reduces skin and eye irritants in the water. The pool has three 20-yard lanes and the adjoining spa seats six. The Center adjoins the newly expanded fitness/exercise room and new locker rooms that serve both areas.

The Aquatic Center is staffed by Rachel Carson and Tricia Cronise. Rachel is the Wellness Coordinator and is a graduate of UNC Asheville with a degree in Health and Wellness Promotion. Rachel’s passion is inspiring and supporting others to lead balanced and active lives. Tricia originally began her relationship with The Glebe in its development stage as the Senior Interior Designer with Stedman House. Her other passion in life for many years has been swimming and water aerobics. She has taught swim lessons to all ages and proudly coached the Patrick Henry High School Patriots swim teams for nine years. Both Rachel and Tricia have certification in several areas including Certified Pool Operators and Certified Lifeguards. Rachel is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer.

Eight aquatic classes are offered each week including beginning aquatic exercise, water aerobics, deep-water exercise, fun water games/activities, and classes for arthritis, strength/balance, and cardiovascular exercise. These classes are in addition to the “land-based” exercises which include beginning exercise, balance, aerobics, circuit exercise, Pilates, campus walking, Yoga and Tai Chi, wellness coaching and more.

Research shows that seniors who stay physically fit and socially engaged live happier, healthier lives. That’s why The Glebe offers a wide choice of on-site amenities and services designed to enhance and sustain residents’ wellness and vitality.



Architectural 3D Rendering
Architectural 3D Rendering
Architectural Layout
Architectural Layout