In 2018, senior adults in the Macon, Georgia area will have a new option for their assisted, memory care, and independent living needs, says Tennessee property developer Richard E. Dover. The Knoxville businessman recently announced plans to renovate the former Alexander IV Elementary School in Bibb County.
Recently, a group of more than 100 community members and former students of the school sat down to discuss plans with Richard E. Dover. The Knoxville property developer explained that the school, which has been vacant, was an $8.8 million investment for his firm. The Alexander IV senior living community will have a capacity of approximately 75 residents.
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Richard E. Dover, a Knoxville native recognized throughout East and Middle Tennessee for the preservation of more than a dozen historic buildings, recently announced that his company, Dover Development, would complete a similar project in Macon, Georgia. Dover Development is in the early stages of converting the historic Alexander IV Elementary School into a senior living facility.
Q: Why has Dover Development chosen Alexander IV School?
Richard E. Dover, Knoxville Developer: Dover Development has completed a number of similar renovations throughout Tennessee. We have found that these buildings are not only the perfect layout for a senior living campus, but also appeal to former students looking for a place to call home. When Alexander IV became available, we knew it was a good choice.
Richard E. Dover, a Knoxville real estate developer with a long history of salvaging vacant historic structures, will soon begin negotiations with city leaders regarding a downtown redevelopment project to save the former Tennessee Supreme Court building.
Dover recently learned his bid was accepted. He has stated that Dover Development will work closely with Franklin-based Bristol Development Group on the residential side of the proposal. According to Richard E. Dover, the Knoxville property on Locust Street is a 1.7 acre site with the potential to be a thriving hub of activity in the downtown area.
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