SOUTH HAVEN — For the past year the seven activity centers operated by Senor Services of Van Buren County have remained closed due to health restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. But that hasn’t stopped the nonprofit’s board of directors and staff from undertaking the ambitious task of creating a new activity center that is scheduled to open later this year in South Haven.

Senior Services staff, board members and community leaders took part in an indoor “groundbreaking” ceremony on Thursday, to begin a $2.5 million renovation of the former Village Market grocery store into a new activity center. The renovated facility will replace the current Senior Center on 76th Street facility at First Baptist Church.