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Ground broken on Sun City expansion

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Even though the ground has been a bit soggy, Sun City Roseville residents and staff recently joined their project contractor and architect for a ceremonial groundbreaking to launch the start of a major expansion of the community association’s Sierra Pines Recreation Center. The project will double the size of the existing facility’s meeting space and will add a warming kitchen for social activities, additional restrooms, and added storage capacity. The expansion project, which was approved by the community’s homeowners in a special election, will take approximately five months to complete and will add more than 3,000 square feet to the clubhouse. Sierra Pines is the second recreation lodge constructed for Sun City Roseville residents, and was designed initially for anticipated expansion based on the future needs and interests of the residents. “Sun City Roseville is an amenity-rich community designed for active adults who enjoy a variety of social and physical sports and events,” said Earl Wiklund, executive director for the Sun City Roseville Homeowners’ Association. “Our homeowners overwhelmingly voted to approve this expansion and the vision presented by the resident committee and architect to enhance Sierra Pines in order to accommodate the increasing level of resident activity and usage.” Local architectural firm The Borges Group designed the clubhouse expansion, and Granite Bay contractor Sierra View Construction won the construction bid to build the facility. Wiklund said there were numerous qualified bids submitted, but the selection of Sierra View as the contractor was based on the company’s reputation in the industry. Sun City Roseville, the first non-desert Sun City developed by Del Webb Corp., broke ground on Valentine’s Day in 1994 and welcomed its first homeowners in February, 1995. In 1996, its first recreation facility – the 58,000 square foot Timber Creek Lodge – opened to residents with a restaurant, ballroom catering facility, activity and meeting rooms, administration space, a fitness center with indoor and outdoor pools and 18 holes of golf designed and built by golf legend Billy Casper and golf course architect Greg Nash. Sierra Pines opened in 1997 with additional multi-use space, a golf pro shop and deli along with an additional nine holes of golf. The age-qualified community is situated on 1,200 oak studded acres in west Roseville and includes 3,110 single-level homes, 27 holes of golf, the two recreation lodges, tennis and bocce courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and 100 acres of preserved open space. The Timber Creek and Sierra Pines Golf Courses, Timbers Restaurant and Bar, and Timber Creek Lodge Catering facility are open to the public. A grand opening of the lodge will be celebrated this summer. For more information, visit suncityroseville.org. ~ Staff report