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Merrill Gardens scheduled to break ground in June

Elizabeth Medora ~ Staff~ 5/6/2015

ANTHEM – Merrill Gardens may be taking reservations for their senior living community as soon as fall 2015. The groundbreaking for the new retirement facility that will be built off of Meridian Drive in Anthem is scheduled for mid-June.

“We’re about five or six weeks out,” said Merrill Gardens chairman Bill Pettit, describing the company as “getting anxious” to get started breaking ground.

Merrill Gardens has received most of the necessary permits for building.

“We have permits from the Anthem Community Council, and we are expecting our final permits from Maricopa County here in early June,” Pettit said.

Construction is estimated to take 12-14 months. A few months after the planned groundbreaking in June, Merrill Gardens representatives will begin taking reservations for facility apartments.

“Our team will start on the ground taking reservations probably this fall,” Pettit said. “Once we are on-site, any resident should feel comfortable stopping by. We’ll have floor plans and renderings of the building.” He added that representatives will have a full list of facility services and will be able to share amenity information with prospective tenants.

The planned Merrill Gardens facility in Anthem will join two other Merrill Gardens Arizona facilities, located in Goodyear and Gilbert. Independent and assisted living apartments will be available at the Anthem location. The Anthem facility will hold 127 units of varying styles and could house as many as 140 people.

“The building will be just a little under 120,000 sq. ft.,” Pettit noted. “Prospective residents will have both their choice of the style and location of the unit they’re interested in.”

Pettit explained that Merrill Gardens facilities “usually operate around 95 percent occupancy.” Couples may room together and, according to Pettit, are generally 15 percent of the building occupancy. That provides the potential for as many as 140 residents to be housed at Merrill Gardens in Anthem.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held in mid-June. The community will be invited to attend. The details of the celebration are still in process.

An Anthem section will be added to the Merrill Gardens Web site in the coming months. In the meantime, interested residents can see amenities at other Merrill Gardens locations at or call 1(800) 379-8831 for more information.