By December 19, 2016

Senior Living Cottages Proposed

Preliminary concepts for the cottages at Merrill Gardens. Company officials said the look is likely to hew to the look of the main building, rather than the look of other homes in Anthem Parkside. Courtesy Merrill Gardens

Preliminary concepts for the cottages at Merrill Gardens. Company officials said the look is likely to hew to the look of the main building, rather than the look of other homes in Anthem Parkside. Courtesy Merrill Gardens

Editor’s Note: This story was updated to reflect additional details provided at a public meeting Dec. 15 and to include the illustration above. 

By Karen Goveia — Developer Merrill Gardens, which has a senior living facility under construction in Anthem, wants to expand offerings by building 13 freestanding cottages on adjacent property at the southwest corner of Daisy Mountain Drive and Meridian Drive.

The company is under contract to purchase four acres of neighboring land contingent on the project’s approval by Anthem Community Council and Pulte. A community meeting will solicit resident feedback, as the expansion requires an amendment to ACC’s governing documents for use as senior housing.

On the site it owns near St. Rose Church, Merrill is nearing completion on its 130,000-square-foot facility, which consists of a mix of independent living, assisted living and Alzheimer’s care. That facility is slated for completion in early 2017, and units have been available to reserve for several months already.

Demand “has been very high,” Bill Pettit, vice chairman of R.D. Merrill Company told In&Out. “This was an obvious extension to be able to offer the cottages in addition to the studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments available at the community.”

The cottages would be between 1,400 and 1,679-square feet, with two bedrooms, a great room, kitchen, patio and a two-car garage, Pettit said. They would be available for rent on a monthly basis to independent seniors who would still have access to the dining program, wellness program, transportation,  activities and the swimming pool at the main building. Care service, however, would not be available to cottage residents.  

Pettit provided additional details at a community meeting held at the Anthem Civic Building Dec. 14:

  • Prospective residents would have to be age 55 or older.
  • The cottages would connect to the main facility with cart paths and walking paths.
  • Pets would be allowed, but there are currently no plans for fencing around the cottages.
  • Current plans, though not final, call for “similar architectural elements” to tie the cottages visually to the main facility, rather than conforming to the look of other Anthem homes.
  • There are no plans for security gates at the main entrances, but it’s being considered.

“The cottages were not part of the original, approved project,” said Anthem Community Council spokesperson Kristi Northcutt. Merrill approach council last month, and council requested Merrill host the community meeting. Assessment rates for the property will be determined after legal review depending on approval, Northcutt said.

Anthem residents can email questions or comments to planning@anthemcouncil.com.

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The proposed site, looking west from Rose Canyon Circle just off Meridian Drive. In&Out Staff Photo

Robert Roy Britt contributed to this story. Originally published Dec. 8, 2016.

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