Northshore Senior Living is not a typical project that most people would associate with Rick Dover. The Knoxville businessman and property developer is beset known for his exquisite historic renovations. Here, the founder of Dover Development Corporation opens up about the recent open house at Northshore Senior Living.
Q: When did Northshore Senior Living open its doors to residents?
Rick Dover, Knoxville: We actually had a soft opening at the end of 2016, the day after Christmas. Since then, more than two dozen active seniors have moved into the complex.
Q: So why wait until April to host a grand opening celebration?
Rick Dover, Knoxville: We wanted to ensure that our current residents were comfortable and that all of the landscaping was greening up! This was a unique project for Dover Development as it was new construction as opposed to taking an existing structure and turning it into a senior living center. We have gone the renovation route several times and really wanted to try our hand at something just a little different, to make sure we got exactly what we wanted.
Q: Can you describe Northshore Senior Living?
Rick Dover, Knoxville: Northshore has been described as looking like a regal winter hunting lodge. It’s on 7 ½ acres and nestles into a gorgeous hillside in East Tennessee. We’ve got 68 suites for active seniors and also have accommodations for 15 memory care patients. Our engineering staff actually designed a beautiful waterfall and putting green and our landscapers have taken great care to perfect the details.
Q: How much of an investment has Dover Development invested into the Northshore Senior Living project?
Rick Dover, Knoxville: This is one of our most expensive projects to date, costing around $10 million. However, in the last four months, it has become increasingly evident that it was worth every penny. I’ve had the opportunity to meet a number of our residents and have also had the opportunity to get to know the staff. They are the ones that make this such a special place and an invaluable asset to our community.