Lenoir Woods senior living community opens 79 new apartments

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COLUMBIA – Senior citizens now have more options when it comes to independent living apartments.

Lenoir Woods senior living community opened its doors to 79 new independent living apartments at a dedication ceremony Wednesday morning.

The ceremony featured a ribbon cutting and appearances from Mayor Brain Treece and Lutheran Senior Services officials at the campus.

Executive Director Kent Kirkwood said this is the third phase of their master plan to renovate and expand the senior living community.

“It took us 15 months to get here,” Kirkwood said.

The 79 new apartments, known as Edgewood apartments, can have up to three bedrooms. They are offered to seniors over the age of 62 who are looking to leave traditional homes but still be active in their community.

“We have about 64 to 65 apartments that are already reserved, and we have several people who are very interested in moving in,” Kirkwood said.

Jerry Darnell is moving into his new apartment with his wife at the end of the month, and is ready to start living in his new home.

“We’re really excited, we’ve been looking forward to this for about two years now,” Darnell said. “Everything is ready. They’re just waiting for us to move in.”

The Darnells even have room for their grandchildren to visit.

“They come and visit us quite often, so we have a two-bedroom place so they can come visit us.”

Kirkwood said residents will begin moving in over the next three months, one apartment a day, six days a week.

The final phase of the renovations include a rehab center that will be finished in November and an administration and wellness center that will be finished in March 2018. The wellness center will include a pool, gym, physicians clinic, and an arts and crafts area.

“We just welcome everyone to come and visit our community. We have 110 acres of woods and a wonderful residence,” Kirkwood said.