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Meldrum named LaFontaine Center manager

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014

Rose Meldrum is the new facility manager at the LaFontaine Center. She assumed her position at the apartment housing facility for Seniors and mobility-impaired individuals on January 29.

Meldrum has been a Huntington County resident for 20 years and previously served as the executive director of the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau for 10 years and was the agency’s administrative assistant for three years prior. She has also worked in sales for Pace Chevrolet and was the marketing and admissions director for Markle Health & Rehabilitation.

The LaFontaine Center building was first known as the Hotel LaFontaine and was built by James Frederick Bippus. It opened in 1925 and was closed in 1974 and eventually sold to the Retirement Housing Foundation of Long Beach, California, its current owner. It assumed its current use in 1987 after it was awarded a HUD contract.

Meldrum is working to keep the integrity of the building and has the floors shined and has “spruced the place up.” She said the apartments are unique because there are so many different layouts because of the way the building is shaped. She explained that the building has many different view of the city. Her goals include keeping the apartments filled, hiring a full-time housekeeper and increasing the rental usage of the former hotel’s ballroom, kitchen and Brick Room for parties, receptions and events.

The LaFontaine Center is hosting an open house during Heritage Days in celebration of the festival’s “Flourishing in the 1920s” theme. For more information about the LaFontaine Center, contact Meldrum at (260) 356-9099.