Elks bar

B.P.O. Elks Lodge 219 Exalted Ruler Dan Trace talks about features of the new location of the club as he stands in the members’ bar on Tuesday afternoon.

WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP — It’s been a roller rink, a manufacturing center and a separate club location, but the building at 14420 Baldwin St. Ext. is seeing another life as the headquarters of the Meadville Elks club as it opens today.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 219 will open, beginning at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the building will remain open until 11 p.m., according to Exalted Ruler Dan Trace. Smoking will not be permitted.

Trace said the grand opening for the new lodge will take place “in a couple weeks,” though no official date has been set.

The club secured the building, once the location of the Meadville Sertoma Club, in March 2018 when the West Mead board of supervisors supported a conditional use for the building to conduct social and recreational activities. The fraternal organization waited to open until approval was granted from the Liquor Control Board, the Pennsylvania Health Department and the Department of Environmental Protection.

“We completely rebuilt the old Sertoma Club,” Trace said. “Everything’s new in it. We got a new bar. The kitchen will be open. When we’re up and running, we’ll be able to do our community service projects.”

The Elks club sold its property on Route 86 in Woodcock Township in July 2017. The club had purchased the 14.4-acre property for $27,000 in 1970, and with membership decreasing, found that property taxes were becoming too burdensome, according to Trace. In the meantime, the club held meetings in the Multi-Tool building in Saegertown for a year and a half while renovations and licensing took place at the new location.

Tyler Dague can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at tdague@meadvilletribune.com.

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