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Merrill Gardens at Anthem set to open in autumn 2016


Elizabeth Medora

ANTHEM – The Merrill Gardens at Anthem construction is moving quickly, and the retirement community is scheduled to be open for residents this autumn. Resident applications are already being accepted. The community will be located at 2800 W Rose Canyon Circle, east of the Daisy Mountain Drive/Meridian Road intersection. An informational meeting for potential residents will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, at the St. Rose Parish, which adjoins the Merrill Gardens grounds.

Bill Pettit, R.D. Merrill Co. president, said that 25 resident applications for Merrill Gardens at Anthem have already been received. The Merrill Gardens community has received a warm welcome from local residents, and Pettit noted that potential residents have shown enthusiasm for the opening of the retirement community.

“We have a wonderful prospective resident who is taking monthly pictures and emailing them to us,” Pettit said.

Loree Wagner, Corporate Communications officer for R.D. Merrill Co., noted that Merrill Gardens has received a “lovely welcome” from the local community. She invited residents to attend the informational event on Feb. 25, 2:30-5:30 p.m. This event offers an opportunity for residents to pick out apartments and get on the wait list, if desired. Community information, floor plans, and construction updates will be available. Several Merrill Gardens at Anthem team members, including the general manager, will be at the event. To RSVP for this event, call (623) 201-4320.

A firm opening date has not yet been set for Merrill Gardens, but the community will be move-in ready by this autumn. Pettit described the rate of construction as “excellent” and specified that the community is set to receive a certificate of occupancy this August if construction continues at the current rate.

“It’s ahead of schedule,” Pettit said. “We’re really pleased so far.”

Merrill Gardens at Anthem will include studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. Square footage ranges from approximately 450 sq. ft. to 1,000 sq. ft. Independent living, assisted living, and memory care units will be offered. Community pricing information can be obtained by calling the Merrill Gardens at Anthem staff at (623) 201-4623. A leasing office is expected to open in early March.

The community will feature Merrill Gardens’ Anytime Dining: the dining room is open all day, so residents can eat when they choose. The community will include an outdoor swimming pool, library, meeting rooms, and gardens. Pets are welcome, and a concierge service for pet needs will be offered. 

Merrill Gardens at Anthem will be assembling a full staff in the next few months, and employee applications will be accepted soon. Those interested in applying can check for updates.

Learn more about Merrill Gardens at Anthem by visiting and selecting Anthem under the Arizona communities tab.