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Three years after fire, Woodruff senior center to be rebuilt with new name

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WOODRUFF (WAOW) - Three years after Lakeland Senior Center burned down, leaders announced plans Tuesday to rebuild it as both a place for seniors and youth.

The new "Generations: A Community Gathering Place" will be built on about two acres donated by Howard Young Medical Center, said Janell Schroeder, executive director of Lakeland Retirement Foundation and the new center. It will be located near One Penny Place senior housing.

A campaign has been launched to raise $2.5 million to build the nearly 15,000-square-foot center - double the size of the old building - with a goal of breaking ground this year, Schroeder said.

"The primary focus of this center will be Lakeland's growing 50 plus population," she said. "We are also excited that this gathering place will accommodate the entire community as a destination for receptions, reunions and other venues."

Said Sandy Anderson, president of Howard Young Medical Center, “This new facility will serve as a hub of activity and will provide the opportunity for collaboration that will improve the health and well-being of our community.”

The center will serve residents of Arbor Vitae, Hazelhurst, Lac du Flambeau, Lake Tomahawk, Minocqua and Woodruff.

The May 6, 2015, fire occurred just weeks after a $1.4 million insurance policy on the building expired because of a mistake.

The center was a popular meeting place for seniors to eat meals and play games.

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