A crowd of nearly 100 people gathered outside the South Tower at Wesley Glen last week to break ground for the new 20,000-square-foot Wellness Center that will be constructed on the site.

A crowd of nearly 100 people gathered outside the South Tower at Wesley Glen last week to break ground for the new 20,000-square-foot Wellness Center that will be constructed on the site.

Two of the attendees, a resident and a board member, were at the original Wesley Glen ground breaking in February of 1969, according to a spokeswoman for parent company Methodist ElderCare Services.

Residents, friends, staff, board members, representatives from pH7 architects, First Merit Bank, Messer Construction and State Rep. John Carney were all welcomed by Methodist ElderCare Services CEO Peg Carmany, who thanked all those who have supported this project through prayers, planning, and financial contributions.

Board chairman Mark Palmer also welcomed the crowd.

"What a joy it is to work on a nonprofit board and see the benefits Wesley Glen residents will enjoy for years to come through a project like this," Palmer said, according to the announcement.

"When the project is completed, the residents will enjoy an aquatic pool, therapy pool, multi-purpose room, juice bar, health clinic, conference room, fitness center and space for occupational and physical therapy," according to the announcement.

Parent company and nonprofit organization, Methodist ElderCare Services, has operated Wesley Glen, a nearly 400-resident retirement community in north Columbus, since 1969.