The former Lennox Senior Center building located on Main Street has officially been handed over to new owners ECL Properties 3, LLC, as the building is set to undergo a transformation into a restaurant. ECL Properties 3, LLC already owns restaurants in Winner and Chamberlain and is looking to bring a restaurant to Lennox. City Administrator Nate Vander Plaats said the keys were handed over to the new owners on March 1.
With the change in ownership, the local senior citizens who had been using the Senior Center for meals and activities needed to find a new space. The City of Lennox was able to work out a lease agreement with the Lennox American Legion. This past week, the seniors were able to start getting settled in.
This relocation marks another chapter in the history of the local senior community. Since 1979, seniors have gathered at a variety of locations including the old Greenfield Garage building located at second an Juniper and the building on Main Street that the seniors moved into in 2006.
Despite the changes in location, the seniors are excited to continue their regular activities including Wii bowling, exercise, coffee hour, and more. Meals are also delivered from Sioux Falls that the seniors can enjoy eating together at the Legion.
Helen Groen, of the Senior Center, expressed her appreciation for the Legion’s hospitality and assistance during the transition. She noted that they had cleared space in the cupboards and will be getting them a dishwasher. Groen also shared that John Kirchner, a member of the Legion, has been instrumental in helping with the move.
While the change may take some getting used to, the seniors are grateful to have a new space to gather and were eagerly anticipating the installation of the new television, which was to be done the later part of last week.
Despite a change in location, the local senior community looks forward to continuing their traditions and activities for years to come.
Volunteers are also needed to deliver Meals on Wheels to the homebound. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information contact Jodi Mechels at Lennox Insurance.
The Senior Citizen’s Meals for the week are printed each week in The Lennox Independent, sponsored by Valley Exchange Bank. Look for this week’s schedule on page 6. You can call 605-409-8788 to confirm your meals.