Rick Dover and his Knoxville firm, Dover Development Corporation, beat out three other design firms in the proposal of a mixed-use development for the former Tennessee Supreme Court building downtown. While most of the negotiations have been behind closed doors, Dover provides insight into some of the most common concerns regarding the project in the following Q&A.
Q: The Supreme Court site has been vacant for more than a decade. Why the interest in revitalizing the building now?
Rick Dover, Knoxville: The city has actually been trying to get a developer interested for several years. However, two previous attempts were unsuccessful. The city of Knoxville purchased the property from the state in 2015 and soon afterwards, city leaders revised and released a request for proposal, which clearly outlined the city’s goals for this 1.7 acre city block. Continue reading