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Matt Wendland
Left to right: Bill Pettit, R.D. Pillar Properties President; Lucy Krakowiak, Burien Mayor; Chip Davis, City of Burien Community Development Director; Kerry Nicholson, Legacy Partners Senior Managing Director; David Eskenazy, Merrill Gardens President; Catherine "Kitty" Milne, former Burien City Council member; Rose Clark, former Burien Deputy Mayor; Andrea Reay, Discover Burien Executive Director; Nancy Tosta, Burien Deputy Mayor, at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Merrill Gardens, Pillar Properties and Legacy Partners development in Burien Town Square on the afternoon of June 25th. Construction on the Merrill Gardens senior living community, on the northeast corner of Burien Town Square, and the market-rate apartments by Pillar Properties, on the northwest corner of Burien Town Square, started on May 29th. The projects are expected to be completed in 16 to 18 months and combined could bring as many as 700 new residents to the downtown Burien neighborhood.

Burien, Merrill Gardens, Pillar Properties, Legacy Partners Break Ground on Two Downtown Developments

The City of Burien, in partnership with Merrill Gardens, Pillar Properties and Legacy Partners, celebrated the groundbreaking of the remaining phases of Burien Town Square at a June 25 event. Construction began on May 29 on the Merrill Gardens senior living community and is expected to be complete by late in the summer of 2016. Construction is also getting underway at the market rate apartments on the site. Legacy Partners and Pillar Properties are partnering on the development of both properties and Pillar Properties will manage the apartments upon completion.

Once finished, the two developments will complete the Town Square vision which already includes City Hall, Burien Library, Burien Town Square Condos, and Town Square Park. The two properties will bring intergenerational living to the downtown area with Merrill Gardens 126 independent, assisted living and memory care apartments alongside the 228 market-rate studio, one and two bedroom apartments. Both developments will include limited retail on the ground level as well as underground parking.

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