Proposal would turn historic Knoxville High into senior living

Proposal would turn historic Knoxville High into senior living facility

Historic Knoxville High School Historic Knoxville High School

KNOXVLLE (WATE) - The historic Knoxville High School building. part of Knox Heritage's Fragile 15 list, will be preserved and converted into a senior housing facility if a proposal passes Knox County Commission at its October meeting.

The proposal will also allow the iconic World War I doughboy statue to continue standing guard in front of the school.

Mayor Tim Burchett, who announced the proposal Monday, says the $13.7 million investment planned by Family Pride and Southeastern will make the building an asset to the community.

The plan, which was the winning bid resulting from a recent request from the county, includes 100 units of senior housing and would create 18 new jobs.

"The building will be transformed entirely, and it will be transformed into a facility for senior adults. It will be apartments with full meal service and full time concierge and activities. It will be a hub for senior life," said Rick Dover with Family Pride.

"I think it shows Knox County is committed to our history as well as our future, and sure, it  would have been easier to tear the thing down and build a parking lot, or sell it off like that," said Mayor Burchett. "It was important to me. Both my parents were career educators, and it really has played a vital role in peoples lives."

Knox County Commission will likely vote on the proposal Oct. 28 during the board's monthly meeting.

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