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Seabrook like you’ve never seen it before

Here’s an inside peek at current and upcoming renovations

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June 1st, 2017
Artist's rendering of the newly renovated Tides Café sports a more efficient layout, better acoustics, and a timeless, coastal look.

The newly renovated Tides Café sports a more efficient layout, better acoustics, and a timeless, coastal look. (artist's rendering)

If you haven’t been to Seabrook lately, you’ll want to put a visit on your calendar. The Tinton Falls, N.J., community is undergoing several lifecycle renovations based on customer feedback, with three to be completed this year. 

“We have recently completed our long-range plan that identified major renovation work across the campus, inside and out,” says Project Manager Karen Kollmer. 

Campus locations on the docket this year include the Tides Café, the fitness center, and a new “Central Park” outdoor venue. 

Next year, the community will add a new restaurant on the first floor of Town Square Clubhouse and an additional elevator to the on-site continuing care neighborhood.

Dine at the new Tides

The completely redesigned Tides Café should be first on your list. Reopening soon, it now boasts timeless coastal décor, modern lighting, and brand new food-service equipment; a more efficient service area and seating arrangement; and improved acoustics. 

“Our design doubles the size of the current serving area, which will spread out the themed stations to allow for a better flow. Diners will have the ability to navigate directly to their station of choice and avoid a single queue,” Kollmer says.

The Tides Café will feature the new Signature Dining menu with fresh, cooked-to-order choices. Choose from salads, entrees, paninis, and more.

Banquet seating and rectangular tables that can be ganged together accommodate larger groups.

The space will also feature improved acoustics.

“In addition to acoustical ceiling tiles, we are using natural products like cork around the fireplace that will absorb sound,” Kollmer says.

The back of the banquet seating and acoustical panels on the walls will also absorb sound in the space. 

“Better acoustics will give the diners an overall better experience,” Kollmer says, adding that it was one of the project’s priorities based on customer feedback.

The Tides Café was first on the lifecycle renovation list. “We know that dining is a major satisfaction factor for our residents as well as our future residents,” Kollmer says. 

Alfresco

Next up: a redesigned, expanded fitness center and Central Park–style front lawn. 

“We will be renovating the existing fitness center as well as the adjacent exterior space. This will allow for some outdoor fitness opportunities,” Kollmer says.

Plans also include an additional room dedicated to personal training and fitness classes located across the hall from the existing fitness center. The space has some new equipment and may receive more, Kollmer says.

“I think the pathway to an outdoor exercise area is a fabulous idea when the weather gets warm,” says resident Judy Tier.

She’s also enthusiastic about the Central Park area.

Kollmer says Central Park, to be located on Seabrook’s front field, begins construction this summer. It will include walking paths; a water feature; seating areas; an activity area, such as a putting green or outdoor fitness space; and a concert area. 

As a second-generation Seabrook community member, Judy has witnessed Seabrook’s transformations over the years. Her mother lived there.

“I think it’s excellent. I’m very excited about the renovations,” says Judy. “I happen to love change. I like the idea that Seabrook and Erickson Living are always looking to update things. Nothing stays stale.” 

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