SIOUX CENTER—A public open house was held at Regency Retirement Residence of Sioux Center on Thursday, June 6, to celebrate the completion of remodeling work that helped to brighten up and update the space.

Work on remodeling shared spaces of the Regency began in October 2018, with the majority of work completed in March 2019. The very last touch-up items were wrapped up in the last couple of weeks, according to Helen De Vries, resident services coordinator at Regency.

The walls of the common areas got a new coat of paint and the carpet and flooring were changed. New light fixtures were installed, as well as new cabinetry and countertops in the shared bathrooms and kitchen space.

At the main entrance, they put in a set of shelves, upon which are the portraits of the residents. It’s another neighborly touch.

Their library area was also updated.

De Vries said the Regency hasn’t had updates like this since it was first built 27 years ago.

“It was getting tired and needed a face-lift,” De Vries said. “We want to keep the Regency attractive to attract people who want to move in here.”

They sold their old furniture and used the earnings to throw a celebration meal and party for the residents.

“Our residents like to say this is Sioux Center’s best kept secret,” De Vries said. “I think a lot of people drive by it and don’t realize what it is. But it’s a wonderful community.”