Thursday, June 2, 2016

Richard Dover of Knoxville Renovates Historic High School

Richard Dover is a Knoxville property developer whose company, Family Pride Corporation, focuses almost exclusively on historic property renovations. One of his most recent projects is the transformation of the historic Knoxville High School into an independent living center for senior adults. He is also working with local historians to preserve and expand the school’s original World War I Memorial.

The halls of the historic Knoxville High School were once filled with thousands of students. Soon, the old classrooms will be transformed into luxury independent living apartments, says Richard Dover. Knoxville area residents have shown great interest in the new senior housing project and Dover is hopeful that at least some of the 90 apartments will be occupied with former students. The school, which opened its doors in 1910, closed in 1951 and will keep basically the same layout updated with modern amenities and sleek d├ęcor.

According to Richard Dover, Knoxville Mayor Tim Burchett and members of the Knox Preservation Society have been invaluable during the planning stages. Dover is especially excited about the project as he grew up in the area. Family Pride Corporation has completed other similar projects in Knoxville, including the renovation of the old Farragut Hotel downtown.

The Knoxville High senior living development is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 at a $12.5 million price tag, states Richard Dover. Knoxville-based Family Pride Corporation purchased the property for $500,000.

In addition to quality senior living, the old Knoxville High School will feature a memorial centered on the existing doughboy statue in front of the building. The monument was erected just after World War I and will be supplemented by a privately-endowed expansion, says Richard Dover. Knoxville taxpayers will not be expected to fund the project, which will be open to the public and serve as a place of honor and respect for local veterans.

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