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.
Q: Are there desirable features for the rest of the community as well?
Richard E. Dover, Family Pride Corporation founder: Absolutely! An on-site museum pays tribute to the historical significance of this building. The school’s alumni association has agreed to curate a series of rotating exhibits that showcase its rich history. Meanwhile, a public park is open to all residents and visitors and features the famous “Doughboy” statue, which serves as a beautiful commemoration of World War I veterans from the area.
Q: How long has the old Knoxville High School building been closed?
Richard E. Dover, Family Pride Corporation founder: The building closed in 1951 after over 40 years in operations. It was eventually included on the National Register of Historic Places. Although the redevelopment project is a challenge, the building is structurally sound. We will take the first steps on this project next spring.