Merrill Gardens will become the second residential project to be built in the BullStreet neighborhood, it was announced Wednesday. The project is described as an intergenerational senior community featuring independent living, assisted living and memory care apartments.
The project will be a joint development of Pillar Properties of Seattle, Wash., its sister company, Merrill Gardens, and Second Fifty Communities of Charleston. Elsewhere in South Carolina, the companies also are developing Merrill Gardens at Carolina Park in Mount Pleasant.
They said in a release that they chose BullStreet because of the urban experience being created on the old State Hospital campus.
“The Bull Street project has allowed us to fulfill our vision of providing seniors with an active and authentic lifestyle in a community in which they are already familiar,” said Clayton Mozingo, principal and CEO of Second Fifty Communities. ”In partnership with the Hughes Development team, highlighting the rich Columbia landscape as the backdrop of this site has been an exciting experience given the positive change in the area.”
Merrill Gardens, being built on 2.66 acres of BullStreet property at the corner of Freed and Gregg Streets, will have 196 units. Construction for the first phase of 115 units will begin later this year, with 81 units of phase 2 to be built soon after the first phase is completed. Residents are expected to move in when the first phase opens in 2019.
The senior living apartments will sit just down the third base line from Spirit Communications Park and across from the new 20-acre public park, allowing residents to enjoy the walking trails and playing fields in the park and over 300 events per year at the ballpark.
Merrill Gardens at BullStreet will have full kitchens, expansive common areas, a rooftop deck and sports bar and pub. Residents will have access to 24-hour dining and staffing, active wellness programs and scheduled transportation.
The announcement comes about six weeks after the unveiling of plans for 28 luxury town homes, called TownPark at BullStreet.
“These apartments will be the best located senior housing units in Columbia. The addition of Merrill Gardens fits our vision for BullStreet perfectly, allowing us to provide living opportunities for all age groups,” said Robert Hughes, president of Hughes Development Corp. and master developer for BullStreet. “We are creating a dense urban environment that reflects the diversity and rich character of our city, which is very important to us. We found the best, most experienced companies in the country to incorporate vibrant, interconnected senior living into the neighborhood.”