PHOTOS: Hardhat tour shows progress on new Merrill Gardens, Pillar Properties 1

Rendering shows what the completed new Pillar Properties apartment (on the left) and Merrill Gardens senior housing will look like when completed.


Developers behind the new Merrill Gardens Senior Housing and Pillar Properties apartments – both being built on SW 150th near Burien Town Square – gave a sneak peek hardhat tour this week, and BTB Publisher Scott Schaefer was there to take some pics.
As we’ve previously reported, both of these new projects are being developed with Legacy Partners. The four story Merrill Gardens will have a total of 126 senior apartments and 70 parking spaces, and the six-sory Pillar Properties apartments will have 228 apartments and 248 parking spaces.
Construction is expected to be completed by late this summer, with a projected fall opening.
Fifty deposits have already been made on the senior housing, and developers announced that they will be hiring staff soon.
At one point, Burien City Councilmembers Bob Edgar, Debi Wagner, Lucy Krakowiak and Nancy Tosta were told to separate into different hardhat tours, in order to avoid accidentally creating a quorum.
Phase One of the Town Square development opened in 2009 with a library/city hall combination, along with the Town Square condo-retail complex, which has 124 units.
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NOTE: these first two aerial photos are courtesy Compass General Construction, showing the overall progress so far:

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Here are photos from the hardhat tour:
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Burien City Manager Kamuron Gurol kicked off the tour with a brief history of Town Square.


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General Manager Debbie Woodworth spoke about the new properties.


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Development Manager Alexis Chartouni.


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View of a future restaurant from the upper level of what will soon be an exercise/yoga area inside Pillar Properties..


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Alexis gives a tour of one of the apartment units under construction.


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The view looking south towards City Hall/Library from inside Merrill Gardens.


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