Sing a song of Lanark

Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM.

‘Live for less’ in Lanark

In 1945 most of the land was purchased by Lanark Estates, Inc., a Miami based firm, with Frank Newman its president. In 1955, the company filed a plat of a planned retirement village.

Putnal’s service station containing a small grocery store was already in operation at that time as was the old Ells Court Motel.

Westberg worked for the company as an office manager. She said the village was being marketed as a self-contained community.

Three community buildings were planned. The Village Mall facing Oak Street is still in existence. It would contain a laundry, beauty shop and an IGA grocery store owned and managed by Ken Foster. The post office was in the mall at the spot now occupied by the thrift shop.

The former commanding general’s quarters was to be remodeled as a clinic, the post administration, and officers’ recreation hall were remodeled as to contain Lanark Village’s administrative offices, a bar, restaurant, dance hall, recreation rooms and a chapel.

The utilities and water and sewer system were refurbished throughout the existing barracks and expanded to include other areas. The buildings were painted inside and out and renovated. Broken windows and doors were replaced and roofs were restored.

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