Mari de Villa is putting an exclamation point on its 50th anniversary festivities by announcing a three-phase expansion project that will upgrade the community’s physical therapy and rehabilitation services, expand the dining and common areas and add eight luxury suites to its sprawling Town & Country campus.

     “With 26 acres, we already have one of the largest retirement campuses in the area,” says president Fred Wiesehan. “What better way to celebrate our 50 years than to embark on this expansion?”

    Ground was broken Sept. 13 on the project’s first and second phases. “We will improve our physical therapy and rehabilitation area and our provider, RPI, will offer enhanced services,” Wiesehan explains. “Phase one also will house new lakeview living spaces and recreational areas to accommodate exercise programs, painting classes and a theater.” In addition, a lounge will be built to overlook an expansive terrace, outdoor fireplace and lake. The second phase of construction, also underway, consists of eight new luxury suites. “They are up to two times the size of our current private rooms. Four suites will have lake views; the others will have garden views,” he notes.

    The project’s third phase, with groundbreaking expected by the end of the year, will focus on Mari de Villa’s garden room, one of three dining rooms on-site. “Our plan is to double the size of the current garden room to better accommodate our residents and their families,” says vice president Mary Kay Wiesehan. “We will also increase the size of our west living room to host guest speakers and group activities such as card games.”

    In addition to the three main phases of construction, Mari de Villa will change the entrance off of Clayton Road by building a large porte-cochère to welcome guests. Completion for all three phases is expected in May 2011.  

    Mari de Villa founder and chairman Georgana Linneman says the expansion means that residents will have more amenities available to them. “They will have more areas for relaxation and family gatherings, as well as enjoy greatly enhanced services like the new physical therapy department,” she says, adding, “Our guests and residents are extremely excited to be part of something special.”

    Fred Wiesehan agrees. “Mari de Villa has always offered upscale amenities, and over the years, we’ve seen a growing demand from residents to have the best available amenities at their fingertips without ever having to leave the campus,” he says. “We’re trying to meet those needs with simple elegance, class and innovation—the way that we’ve built our reputation for the past 50 years.”  

On the Cover: Mari de Villa in Town & Country is marking its 50th year by undergoing a three-phase expansion project. Additions to its 26-acre campus will include an enhanced physical therapy and rehabilitation department, expanded dining and common areas, and eight new luxury suites. For more information, call (636) 227-5347 or visit Cover design by Erica Fisher