Nearly 200 excited people crowded the interior of Northshore Senior Living in April, says Rick Dover. The Knoxville retirement community opened in December and has since attracted the attention of the city. The ribbon cutting was scheduled for four months after residents began moving in to allow time for seniors to acclimate to their new environments before being bombarded with excited eyes, Dover says.
According to Rick Dover, the Knoxville center is a different type of project than he’s used to, but one he is proud to have been a part of. Dover Development Corp. has made a name for itself by renovating historic structures. Dover is partial to old schools and hotels since these places hold many memories for the members of a community and are often already designed to maximize space. Northshore Senior Living was the first new construction senior complex of its kind for Rick Dover. Knoxville residents, by the looks of the crowd, are impressed.
Northshore Senior Living might not be a renovated historic building, but Rick Dover and Knoxville city leaders agree that it perfectly encompasses the feel of the city. Dover chose to depart from his archetypical project when the hilltop land overlooking Northshore Drive came available. Dover states that the atmosphere of the property made it too good to pass up.
Rick Dover says the Knoxville senior living complex, which takes up more than seven acres, including facility and greenspace, cost more than $10 million but was well worth the expense. Its 68 suites and more than a dozen memory care units house some of the sweetest seniors in the city, says Dover, who also praises the staff. He says the building is special because of the people and was elated to have had the chance to show off his newest venture.