The plan to develop the run-down Oakwood Elementary School into a private senior living facility was finalized last month, and a formal groundbreaking is planned for Thursday, Sept. 13.
The building, located at 232 E. Churchwell Ave., has been a concern for residents in the Oakwood community and others in North Knoxville for quite some time. Last year, Knox County acquired the property from the Knox County Schools and issued a request for proposal (RFP) to see if someone could develop it for private use. There was only one proposal made at that time, but it didn’t work out. Mayor Burchett announced in January that he wanted to try again, so another RFP was issued for the property.
Oakwood community members, the public, and city and county officials are encouraged to attend the groundbreaking.
Who: Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett; Knox Heritage; Family Pride, InSite Development; Elected officials; Neighbors and the public
What: Groundbreaking of the Oakwood Elementary School project
When: 10 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012
Where: Oakwood Elementary School
232 E. Churchwell Avenue, between McMillan and Cornelia