Since 1993, Rick Dover, Knoxville developer and general manager of Family Pride Corporation, has been an avid advocate for salvaging as much of brick-and-mortar history as possible. He has found that this reuse of historic buildings is not only more environmentally friendly, but it helps to preserve the heritage of the communities themselves. In addition to historic preservation, Dover is also a supporter of infill development, a process of developing vacant land within existing urban areas that are already built out.
Rick Dover, Knoxville senior housing developer and managing partner at Dover Construction, recently hosted a grand opening ceremony for Oakwood Senior Living. Here, the Knoxville native describes one of his most recent projects.
Q: How long did it take to transform the old Oakwood Elementary into the beautiful senior living campus it is today?
Rick Dover, Knoxville Senior Housing Developer: The project lasted a little over two years. It actually took about $8 million to renovate (and reimagine) the old schoolhouse. We opened in December 2015 with about 30 residents from the start.
Q: What is special about Oakwood Senior Living?
Rick Dover, Knoxville Senior Housing Developer: I don’t even know where to begin. The old Oakwood Elementary school is near and dear to many local residents’ hearts. The 62 apartments are some of the most amazing we’ve ever been able to offer and feature soaring 12 foot ceilings, open floor plans, and fantastic views. I think what really makes it special, however, is that it’s sort of a “full circle of life” project. The building started out as an educational facility for the young and now serves as a place of safety and retreat for the young at heart.
At a recent black-tie event for senior citizens at River Oaks Place community in Lenoir City, Tennessee, Richard Dover, Knoxville builder and developer, was honored as a “celebrity” guest. Other special guests included Lenoir City Mayor Tony Akins and Senior Solutions Management Group CEO Chris Sides.
The Hollywood-style event was hosted by Senior Solutions Management Group especially for residents featured in a fundraising 2015-16 calendar. The Red Carpet event featured champagne, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, entertainment, paparazzi photos, and honorary “Oscar” awards for residents who participated in the calendar, says Richard Dover of Knoxville.
Photos from the fundraising calendar adorned the walls, and printed stars with residents’ names lined the hallways. The seniors were definitely the stars of this wonderful event, says Richard Dover, Knoxville. Continue reading
The Alexander Inn is an iconic fixture on the landscape of Oak Ridge, according to Richard E. Dover. It is a fixture that was almost left to ruin. The hotel was spared thanks to the efforts of private and public entities and is now slated for a new life beginning in 2015.
The Guest House at the Alexander Inn is a 64-unit senior living complex scheduled for grand opening in the spring of 2015. The facility is the former home of The Guest House/Alexander Inn, a popular retreat for those visiting Oak Ridge in the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. The hotel was closed nearly 3 decades ago but according to Richard E. Dover, the building was too important to the area to be allowed to lay to waste. Continue reading
Richard E. Dover and the team at Family Pride Corporation have recently finalized the purchase of the old Knoxville High School building. Here, Dover offers a glimpse at what area residents can expect for the historic property in the coming months.
Q: How will the old Knoxville High School building be transformed?
Richard E. Dover, Family Pride Corporation founder: Our company is planning to restore this remarkable building and transform it into a set of senior living apartments – 75, in total. A half-dozen studio apartments are also included for the housing of local working artists. Better yet, the project will be completed so that the building meets or exceeds all LEED environmental standards.
Q: What types of amenities can residents of the retirement community expect to enjoy?
Richard E. Dover, Family Pride Corporation founder: Residents are going to be offered a full nursing staff, spa services, and housekeeping and transportation, among other notable features that make this location a perfect place to spend one’s golden years. Continue reading
The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association has acknowledged the work of Richard E. Dover and his expert team at Family Pride Corporation for their development of a senior living community called the Guest House at Alexander Inn. Formerly operated as a hotel property, this location now offers retirees a comfortable and relaxing environment in which to enjoy their golden years. The 2014 Historic Preservation Award recognizes hard work and dedication in the face of tremendous challenges and obstacles.
Q: What qualities were the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association examining during the selection process for this award?
Richard E. Dover: Family Pride Corporation along with Senior Solutions Management Group earned the award as a result of their new assisted living community for area seniors. By creating this beautiful atmosphere as a place of fellowship, these two organizations have helped many people to appreciate and cherish the time after their work responsibilities have been completed. Continue reading
Rick Dover, Knoxville entrepreneur and Family Pride Corporation leader, is proud to share that Gov. Bill Haslam has expressed his support of the development of the Alexander Inn into an assisted living center.
Q: Why has Gov. Haslam thrown his support behind this project?
Rick Dover, Knoxville entrepreneur: Gov. Haslam has always worked to support projects that fulfill two needs: preserving the past and offering new opportunities for the future. Haslam has noted that the Alexander Inn project is a prime example for other communities throughout the United States. Knox Heritage along with the ETPA have submitted a nomination for the Historic Preservation Award in honor of the hotel. Continue reading