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Upscale retirement facility on horizon for Marshall Square

Posted: January 15, 2013 - 1:59am  |  Updated: January 16, 2013 - 1:09am

Marshall Square developers are hoping to make a luxury senior living facility the newest addition to the mixed-use property in Evans.

The three- to four-story senior independent living project, by Resort Lifestyle Communities, would be limited to adults ages 55 and older, said Don Lawrence, the developer of Marshall Square.

The 8.6-acre parcel designated for the facility is near the new Evans Fitness Club and fronts Ronald Reagan Drive.

County Development Services Director Richard Harmon said the 130-unit retirement home would include its own amenities, such as a bank, store, restaurant and gym.

“It’s not assisted living by any means,” he said.

Harmon said construction costs could reach $25 million.

Attempts Friday to reach representatives from Resort Lifestyle Communities, based in Topeka, Kan., were unsuccessful.

Several facilities run by the same company exist throughout the country, Harmon said.

Before those plans becomes a reality, however, developers must receive permission from Columbia County officials to allow residential use on the acreage. The item will be first brought up at the county’s planning commission meeting in late February.

Marshall Square’s initial site plan called for apartment dwelling on the once 47-acre development, which promised a “town center” feel with a mix of business and residential space.

In 2009, commissioners faced a $57.5 million lawsuit after they cut the number of apartments allowed.

The county later settled with developers in 2010 when officials purchased 25 acres for $6.25 million. That land is for sale to private developers, but is used as overflow parking for Evans Towne Center Park.

“To have a town center,” Lawrence said, “you have to have some people living there, too.”

If commissioners approve the project, company executives plan to get construction started in late March.

County planning staff and architects with the company are working to ensure the building’s facade blends in with surrounding businesses, Harmon said

“It is uptown,” he said. “It is really nice what they’re going to put in there.”

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mycomments

Interesting, but I would

Interesting, but I would think a younger demographic would be the way to go in a town center located by an outdoor concert venue.

Little Lamb

UpScale

Can anyone remember a developer coming before P&Z or the Commission and petitioning to build a "downscale" housing development? In Lake Woebegone, all the children are above average; and in Columbia County all the housing is upscale.

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