While an Evans retirement community is set to open in the fall, other developers are planning a second in Grovetown.
Anyone interested in moving to Marshall Square Retirement Resort at 850 Ronald Reagan Drive is invited to an information seminar at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today at the Columbia County Library on Evans Towne Center Boulevard. Those who attend will learn about the amenities of the retirement community, slated to open in October.
“It’s an all-inclusive lifestyle,” said Karla Frese, Marshal Square Retirement Resort’s marking director. “It’s like being on a cruise ship.”
Amenities at the 120-apartment facility for seniors 55 and older include utilities, transportation, meals and housekeeping, Frese said.
Grovetown officials approved a zoning request Friday for a developer who plans to construct Horizon Senior Village, a senior living complex inside the city.
“It is well-needed in our community,” Mayor George James said.
City officials approved the first property under the recently-formed R3-55 high-density senior housing zoning.
Josh Thomas, an owner of Peachtree Housing Communities, said he hopes to submit plans to the city soon for approval on the 68-apartment complex.
The growth, Thomas said, is a large part of the attraction of Grovetown.
The facility is planned for 11.3 acres on Wrightsboro Road between Creekside Estates and Northrop Place.
“It’s a growth corridor coming out of Augusta,” Thomas said. “There’s a huge need for the retiring population.”
The company, which has built four similar communities with two more under construction, hopes to begin the year-long construction in August or September.
The complex will in-clude one- and two-bedroom apartments. A community building will house a multi-purpose room, fitness center with low-impact equipment, laundry facilities and a business center with computers, scanners and printers. The complex also will feature a raised community garden, gazebo and picnic pavilion with grilling stations.
“We’re excited about it,” Thomas said.