New Community Roseville Senior is sporting a new look.
The residential building at 1 South 8th St. in Newark recently underwent a $340,000 renovation that has transformed the building from top to bottom, Wayne Gravesande, NCC Director of Environmental Services, said.
The 99-unit complex for low income seniors and disabled residents was last updated in 1979 and needed major upgrades, according to New Community CEO Richard Rohrman.
Included in the building renovations were the following: new ceiling tiles, paint, vinyl plank flooring, new handrails in the hallways, updated door frames and door numbers, and a modernized mailroom and common room.
Edward Shelton has lived at NCC Roseville Senior for six years and says the renovation makes the building look “beautiful.”
“It makes it look a whole lot better,” Shelton, 71, said. “It’s like a new place.”
“Before it was okay but now it it’s brand new,” 59-year-old resident Alfredo Alejandro said.
New Community purchased the building from the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Roman Catholic religious institute for women, renovating and reopening it as Roseville Senior in 1977.
Rufus Keil, superintendent of NCC Roseville Senior, says changes such as ripping out the carpet in the hallway and replacing it with vinyl plank flooring make maintenance and cleaning an easier task.
“We just like to keep it this way,” he said. Keil, who has worked in the building for the last two decades, takes pride in showing off his building’s improvements, such as the pristine garbage chutes.
The news about Roseville Senior’s recent makeover has even drawn curious onlookers. Linda Studivant and Jeannette Morales of the Environmental Services Department dropped by to take a gander on a recent Friday.
“It’s like 500 times better,” Studivant remarked.