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Retirement resort will open in 2014

Rent for apartments will include meals, utilities, more

Posted: August 17, 2013 - 11:06pm
Representatives from Marshall Square Retirement Resort held a groundbreaking ceremony with officials from Columbia County, Augusta, North Augusta and Aiken. Participants were Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver (from left), Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross, Marshall Square Retirement Resort Vice President of Sales Jeff Cunningham, Marshall Square Retirement Resort Marketing Director Karla Frese and Columbia County Chamber President/CEO Tammy Shepherd.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Representatives from Marshall Square Retirement Resort held a groundbreaking ceremony with officials from Columbia County, Augusta, North Augusta and Aiken. Participants were Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver (from left), Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross, Marshall Square Retirement Resort Vice President of Sales Jeff Cunningham, Marshall Square Retirement Resort Marketing Director Karla Frese and Columbia County Chamber President/CEO Tammy Shepherd.

A Nebraska-based company says it plans to open the doors to a $27 million luxury apartment complex for seniors in the heart of Evans by the end of next summer.

Jeff Cunningham, vice president of sales for the Marshall Square Retirement Resort, said at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday that construction on the 134-unit “all inclusive” complex should begin within a few days.

Columbia County commissioners approved a revision to the Marshall Square zoning restirctions in March that cleared the way for the development by Resort Lifestyle Communities, on an 8.6-acre parcel at the corner of North Belair Road and Ronald Reagan Drive.

The apartments, ranging from studio to three-bedroom units will range in price from about $2,000 to more than $4,000 per month, said Cunningham. That price will cover meals, utilities, shuttle transportation and activities.

Cunningham compared it to a luxuary hotel or cruise ship where everything is taken care of by the staff.

He said the complex will have round the clock concierge service and valet parking, among other services normally associated with vacation resorts.

All leases will be month-to-month and the company will offer a money-back guarantee for the first 30 days.

“If our residents are not happy they will be free to move somewhere else,” he said.

“But we know they are going to be happy.”

Among the amenities will be a 150-seat theater and meeting room, which will be available to the community to reserve and use free of charge, he said.

Cunningham said the company’s target customers are wealthy and active people over 55 who want to stay connected to the community.

The company, which was established in 2000, operates nine other resort communities in five other states. It most recently opened resort complexes in Memphis and Knoxille, Tenn.

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senioradvocate

Sounds Exclusive

I am concerned by Mr. Cunningham's statement- for "wealthy and active people over 55"- sounds like there could be some discriminatory practices, how are those parameters determined? do they do a credit check? does someone have to prove how "active" they are?

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