Historic Knoxville High School vote delayed

Historic Knoxville High School vote delayed

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The Knox County Commission voted Monday to delay a vote on the sale of the Historic Knoxville High School for 30 days. The Knox County Commission voted Monday to delay a vote on the sale of the Historic Knoxville High School for 30 days.
Commissioner Amy Broyles said there seems to be a lot of misunderstanding in that some residents think it would be subsidized housing. She pointed out that's not the case. Commissioner Amy Broyles said there seems to be a lot of misunderstanding in that some residents think it would be subsidized housing. She pointed out that's not the case.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Commission voted Monday to delay a vote on the sale of the Historic Knoxville High School for 30 days to give the public a better opportunity to learn about a proposal to turn the building into independent senior living.

Plans to transform the building were discussed at a public meeting Sunday night, which got a bit heated. Some neighbors oppose the idea and are pushing for a mixed-use building that includes residential and commercial space.

The proposal by Southeastern Housing Authority includes turning the old high school into a senior living facility.

The apartments would have meals for the seniors with laundry and transportation.

Commissioner Amy Broyles said there seems to be a lot of misunderstanding in that some residents think it would be subsidized housing. She pointed out that's not the case.

The developer tried to convince County Commission not to postpone the decision, saying it would go against the proper process.

Commissioner Broyles says some residents are still torn on whether seniors are the best option for the neighborhood, but in the end commissioners voted to give the public more time.

"It's going to allow the surrounding neighbors and neighborhood groups to have more time to kind of vet the proposal and see what they think of it, have their questions answered, so I think it's a good step forward," said Broyles.

As of now, Broyles said she's not necessarily opposed to the project, but instead said she's keeping an open mind.

Commission will take a vote on the sale of the property in 30 days.

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