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By Carolyn Lee

The Imperial Republican

Imperial Manor residents will think they’re in Colorado when their new dining room opens next month.

Extensive remodeling is underway to create a mountain resort-type theme, according to Administrator Melissa Larson.

Employee Billie Hayes said this is the first remodeling of the dining room since it was built, except for some painting and new light fixtures.

Sheetrock covers the old cement block walls. The walls are a vibrant gold now, with the lower half to be covered by faux rocks.

New light fixtures will have a Western look with flame-shaped light bulbs.

New table tops were fashioned from quartz counter tops.

The bar and sink top in the serving area are made of large pine planks salvaged from the city’s yard waste pile.

So are the mantle piece and hearth on the new fireplace in the dining room.

A new ceiling replaces the “popcorn” surface of the old ceiling.

Most of the work is being done by Manor employees. The remodeling began Jan. 13, and Larson says it is hoped that the unveiling will take place on Valentine’s Day.

The cost of the project is $25,000, Larson said.

In the meantime, residents are eating their meals in the activities area between the Manor and Parkview.

Larson said, “Everything’s been going pretty well” with the project and the temporary relocation of mealtime.