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.
Dover Development Corporation has completed four renovations on school buildings in and around Knox County, Tennessee. Richard E. Dover and the Knoxville Preservation Society go way back, with Dover currently working on at least two active projects in Knox County. For the Macon County project, Dover will collaborate with local historians from the Historic Macon Foundation to ensure the building’s planned addition will fit seamlessly with the notable campus.
According to Richard E. Dover, the Knoxville property development company plans to unveil a design in the near future and hopes to have the project complete by early 2018. The as-yet unnamed senior living complex will bring 30 new jobs to the area.
As for the grounds, Dover’s plan is to turn much of the six acre campus into a public access park. He is currently working with nature conservationists to determine a plan to save a number of 100-year-old trees on the property.
Dover Development will seek public input prior to unveiling a final design, reports Richard E. Dover. The Knoxville businessman is excited to start construction and believes this redevelopment will lend well to the peaceful community of Macon.