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Montgomery Station at Riderwood Unveils Fresh, Modern Updates


Silver Spring, MD - Riderwood, an Erickson Senior Living community in Silver Spring, Md., recently unveiled modern renovations to Montgomery Station, the third clubhouse to be enhanced in a communitywide plan. The clubhouse now shines with a host of fresh, new updates in the entryway, library, restaurants, multipurpose room, and media center.

"We're excited to evolve our spaces as needs and preferences change," says Josh Runkles, sales director at Riderwood. "One of the purposes of this revitalization is to ensure that we are providing residents with amenities and areas that they are interested in utilizing. We're reimagining some areas to create more welcoming spaces to enjoy conversation, host family, and spend time together as a community."


Meeting today's needs

Residents like Carman Gannotti appreciate these efforts. "The changes look great," he says.

"Over the years, Montgomery Station has been used for large events," he notes, "so I'm glad to see that the space is being realigned to meet today's needs. To me, these continuous improvements to our community demonstrate a commitment to residents' changing desires. It means that Riderwood will remain a comfortable home and that we will be here for a long time."

What hasn't changed, though, is the unique personality of Riderwood--that warm feeling that first draws retirees to the community.

"These updates are just the icing on the cake," notes Runkles. "People are drawn to Riderwood because of the vibrant, maintenance-free lifestyle we offer. While these renovations are certainly attractive, it's the community's atmosphere that continues to stand out in the market."

Tasteful additions

The updates in Montgomery Station include the addition of Hilltop Table, a new fast-casual restaurant, as well as a complete renovation of the Windsor Room, one of Riderwood's premier destinations for full-service dining.

Hilltop Table features a wide variety of soups, salads, flatbreads, and sandwiches. Larger, made-to-order entrées, such as the popular vegetarian bowl with basmati rice, lentils, onions, garlic, tomato, zucchini, cumin, and paprika; seared salmon with bourbon sauce; and baked manicotti are also available.

"Hilltop Table is our eighth restaurant! It has its own menu and it's been very well received," says Carman. "Like many others, I am partial to the crabcake sandwich. Of course, the cooked-to-order entrées are always excellent at Riderwood. I look forward to trying one of the popular bowls next."

Residents who prefer vegan and vegetarian options will be more than satisfied with the new menu.

"As we planned for Hilltop Table, we made a concerted effort to offer delicious options for different tastes and preferences, as well as dietary needs," says Runkles. "More and more, our residents are seeking vegetarian options, and those offered at Hilltop Table have earned rave reviews."

Not to be outdone, the Windsor Room has received a complete facelift, including updated décor and a distinguished bar area that serves up specialty drinks. Later this year, an outdoor dining area will be added to the restaurant too.

Space to enjoy

Montgomery Station now boasts a new media center and an updated lobby, administrative offices, and multipurpose rooms as well.

"The media center has been a huge hit. Technology is very important to Riderwood residents," notes Runkles. "Everyone has access to large computer screens there. The media center is also a great location to enjoy a lecture or presentation."

He adds, "And the new multipurpose room, located on the terrace level, provides another place for any of our 200-plus resident-run groups to gather. Those clubs are integral to the quality of life here, so it's important that we offer space for everyone to meet."

Looking ahead

Beginning this year, Village Square, the community's fourth clubhouse, will begin renovations. The residents are already looking forward to the changes.

"For residents, Riderwood is our chosen home, so we want it to be both useful and inviting. Keeping our facilities fresh and up to date is necessary for both existing and prospective residents," says Carman.

He adds, "The new, innovative spaces and the updated furnishings are keeping spirits high! It encourages us to invite friends and family to visit and enjoy time in the attractive lounges, patios, and dining venues. These continuous improvements make the community look fresh and relevant to today's lifestyles."

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