Villages of Farragut Phase 1 to open ‘no later than November’

While more than 100 prospective residents of the new Villages of Farragut were invited to attend a special celebration at Fox Den Country Club last week “as a show of appreciation for their interest” in ownership, they were informed the soon-to-be-open state-of-the-art senior living facility fronting Peterson Road will open “no later than November.”

That came from Gary Keckley, CEO of GoodWorks Unlimited, LLC and developer of Villages, as delays have pushed back the opening of “phase one” a few months.

“People who are moving in are concerned about making plans, and we understand that,” said Melody Matney, new executive director of Villages who was introduced during the FDCC gathering Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 21.

Matney said she welcomes “one-on-one” contact with prospective residents by appointment (e-mail or call 865-671-2500), which she has been doing in recent months “at the job-site trailer.

“I have lots of photographs to show them of other GoodWorks communities, to show them the flavor, the type of décor that they use,” she added in a Friday, Aug. 23, interview about the Franklin-based company’s sister locations. “I have the master blueprints, I have all the floor plans. I can show you what the cabinets looks like, what the granite looks like.

“The apartments range in square footage from 529, which is a studio, all the way up to 1,471 square feet for a two-bedroom, two-bath. We also have some unique combinations of the apartments to allow for more square footage.”

Moreover, “We are starting to take deposits for leases — but it’s a 100-percent refundable deposit,” she said about a required $1,000 deposit.

As of late August, Matney said GoodWorks could not show any on-site “suites” due to on-going construction, still waiting to get a “certificate of occupancy.”

Once that certificate is obtained, however, “I’ll be making a call to (prospective residents making a deposit) saying, ‘We’re ready for you to come and look at your suite,’” Matney said.

If the prospective resident says “yes” to their suite, “From that point forward they’ll have an extra 30 days before they are obligated to accept financial responsibility,” the executive director said.

“If they say, ‘No, that’s not what I wanted,’ at that point we’ll give back the $1,000 deposit,” she added.

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