Vote to convert Knoxville High to senior housing expected Monday

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A historic Knoxville landmark could be given new life on Monday. The Knox Co. Commission is expected to vote on a plan to convert Knoxville High School into senior housing.

The plan, backed by the Family Pride Corporation and Southeastern Housing Foundation, was the winning bid in a recent request for proposal. It would create 100 units of senior housing and is expected to create 18 new jobs.

"There is a lot of Knoxville history wrapped up in this school, and it looks like we're going to be able to preserve it," said Mayor Burchett. "The $13.7 million dollar investment that Family Pride and Southeastern are planning to make is great for this community."

In addition to preserving the school, which is already on Knox Heritage's "Fragile 15" list, the plan would also save the World War I doughboy statue that stands guard in front of the school.

"Historic Knoxville High fits beautifully into our mission of preserving historic buildings, and providing senior living services of the highest quality at reasonable costs," said Family Pride Corporation General Manager Rick Dover. "We are grateful and excited about the opportunity at Knoxville High."

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