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Royal Oaks Retirement Community Announces Major Expansion

SUN CITY, Ariz. – February 1, 2018 – The Sun City community will soon see nearly 146 new residences and a new long-term care center (assisted living) when Royal Oaks builds a new neighborhood on land adjacent to the existing campus. Royal Oaks is the only Lifeplan (CCRC) community in the area.

Earlier this month, Royal Oaks Chief Executive Officer Kendra Eberhart announced the first phase of the 20-year master plan that begins with the addition of 16 villa homes and 130 apartments over the next seven years. Pre-sales for the new residences will begin this summer. A rough schematic of the project can be viewed at

The villa homes will average 1,644 square feet and the apartments will range from 850 to 1650 square feet of floor space. Underground parking, new dining and social venues, warehouse space and a 60-suite care center for Complete Supportive Living (assisted living) are also part of Phase 1.

“We know we must expand the Royal Oaks campus to keep up with the demand for upscale senior housing, as well as, continually updating our existing buildings and neighborhoods to appeal to people who will be searching for resort-style senior living,” said Eberhart. “We are excited to share our plans with the public.”

If you would like to participate in an upcoming group session to learn more about the expansion, contact Vicki Ullery at 623-815-4131 and ask to be added to the interest list. You can also send an email to Personalized tours of the existing campus may also be scheduled.

About Royal Oaks

Royal Oaks is the preeminent Life Plan Community (CCRC) in the West Valley and the only one in Sun City. The non-profit organization’s campus includes 40+ acres with 360 residential homes and apartments, 59 Assisted Living apartments, 56 suites for memory care, and 57 suites for nursing care. Home to more than 600 residents, the community offers a broad spectrum of services and amenities. Visit to learn more or phone 623-815-4132.



Dr. William “Bill” Crawford Announces Chandler City Council Candidacy


CHANDLER, Ariz. — January 26, 2018 — Arizona native and longtime public servant, Dr. William “Bill” Crawford has officially kicked off his election campaign for the Chandler City Council. Crawford and his wife, Diana, have been residents of Chandler since 1998.

“Public service has been my life and I’m ready to serve the citizens of Chandler in a new role,” said Crawford. This past December, Crawford retired from his position as Vice President at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC). During his time at CGCC, he held a variety of positions including Associate Dean, Senior Associate Dean and Dean of Career and Technical Education. Crawford is currently an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona University, where he teaches both justice studies and education classes.

Before the Maricopa Community College District, Crawford was had a distinguished career with the Phoenix Police Department for 23 years and served another 10 years as a volunteer reserve officer.

Crawford is actively engaged in serving the citizens of Chandler as the Chair of the Chandler Merit Board and as a member of the Chandler Police and Fire Pension Boards. Additionally, he serves on a number of community organizations including Chairman of the Si Se Puede Foundation’s Board of Directors, President of the Arizona Justice Educators Association’s Board of Directors, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Chandler Men of Action.

Crawford has outlined three primary areas of focus: public safety, education and economic development.

Public Safety
With his experience in public safety at his core, Crawford knows first-hand how important safe neighborhoods are to the cornerstone of a community’s growth and prosperity. He is committed to helping public safety and first responder agencies have the tools and resources they need to decrease response times, reduce crime rates and enhance communications with citizens.

“It is important that our first responders have the staffing and resources they need to serve our citizens, said Dr. Crawford. “When there is an emergency and our citizens call for assistance, it is critical that first responders be able to answer efficiently and timely.”

“We must do better job in ensuring that our children receive an outstanding education, which begins at the primary level and continues through higher education, continued Crawford. “Our children are our future and it is incumbent upon each of us to make sure our schools have the resources needed to help students be successful. Education is one of my passions and I am committed to working collaboratively with the education system to make sure we are serving the students, parents and residents of Chandler. Additionally, we need to focus on preparing our children for the jobs of the 21st century. It is an ever-changing workforce that they will be entering into one day.”

Economic Development
Recently, WalletHub named Chandler the “Best City to Find a Job.” WalletHub’s ranking was based upon more than 20 indicators including job opportunities, employment growth and monthly average starting salary. “We want to continue to be the place for employers and employees to thrive by providing a strong employment base that supports economic and business development,” said Crawford.

Over the next several months, the Crawford for Chandler team of supporters and volunteers will be working diligently to connect with residents throughout the city. To learn more about Crawford, please visit