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By Courtney Coombs & Chris Taydus
Riderwood TV Staff
After months of anticipation, the wait is finally over: the newly renovated Town Center lobby is now open for use. Featuring a clean, modern design, the lobby includes a large, open front desk space, which is closer to the entryway and faces the entrance doors, making the communications specialist more visible to guests and visitors.
One of the key changes to the lobby area is the entrance to the building. While the previous entrance was a straight shot from the outside into the building, the new entryway has more of a zig zag pattern. This will alleviate effects from more extreme temperatures on people relaxing in the lobby, whether it be the summer heat or the winter chill.
Residents may notice that, as of July 1, the Sales and Marketing Team has not returned to their offices and the Seasons Restaurant is not yet open. The Sales team is scheduled to return from the Temporary Mobile Offices on July 6. When asked what the staff missed most about their offices in Town Center, Ryan Barkley, Sales and Marketing Manager said that, “What we missed most…was the day to day interactions with the residents.” He continues, “Not only does it make the visit more genuine and rich for our guests, but it helps keep us connected to why we do what we do.”
Seasons is currently expected to reopen for regular meals on July 2 with preparations underway for a brand-new dining experience at Riderwood. Dining Director Jeff Kimbell did note in an interview on Riderwood TV that carryout in Town Center will now be handled in the bar/tavern area that faces the recently reopened Wy Oak Bistro.
Operations for Seasons, the bar/tavern, and the Bistro will fall to new general manager Chris Caron who started at Riderwood in June. Before the renovations were started, Seasons and the Pub were overseen by Scott Monfils, who has since taken on the role of Assistant Director of Dining Services.
As residents are aware, the next major construction projects to break ground are the new Calvert Landing elevator along with the new wellness building, both of which will begin at the end of the summer. Lakeside Commons will be the next community building to be renovated starting in December of this year and continuing through 2019. Montgomery Station and Village Square will tentatively follow in 2020 and 2021 repectively, though those dates are yet to be confirmed.
The intent of all of this change is to ensure Riderwood meets the needs of current residents, is attractive to future residents, and remains a vibrant, dynamic community that is able to fulfill its vision to “help people live better lives [and strive] to be the most valued and trusted leader in senior housing and services through operational excellence, integrated senior health and wellness, and a commitment to the Erickson Living culture and values.”