Since we broke the news Wednesday that Knox County's choice of a senior housing development for the old Knoxville High School was not actually the top choice of three of the five people on the evaluation committee, there's been a lot of chatter about whether David Dewhirst's higher-ranked-in-all-categories-but-finance proposal would be better for the neighborhood.
Of course, the decision as to whether the county accepts Family Pride and the Southeastern Housing Foundation's RFP ultimately comes down to a vote by the Knox County Commission. And North Knoxville's Commissioner Amy Broyles has been hearing so much about the matter, she's decided to have her own public meeting about it next week (location TBD). Here's the e-mail we just received:
In the meantime, if you want to do your own research, you can read Family Pride's 26-page proposal here, Dewhirst Properties' 52-page proposal here, the third-ranked Hatcher Hill/Segundo/Family Pride (again) 42-page proposal here, and the original RFP itself, complete with the Community Design Center's original report, right here. We've also got the anonymous tabulations of the evaluation committee linked below.Neighbors,I have received several emails regarding the proposed redevelopment of old Knoxville High School by Southeastern Housing Foundation in conjunction with the Family Pride Corporation. Like you, I have several questions regarding this project. Next week I will be meeting with both Southeastern and Family Pride, as well as some folks from the County's Purchasing and Community Development Departments. I also plan to talk to David Watson of the Community Design Center and Kim Trent of Knox Heritage.I'm holding a public meeting on Wednesday, October 16th, at 6:00pm (I will post the location as soon as I have it confirmed). The purpose of this meeting will be to ask questions, share information, and express concerns. I will invite representatives from the County, as well as from Southeastern Housing and Family Pride.This issue will be discussed by the Knox County Commission at our work session on Monday, October 21st, and should come to a vote at our regular session on Monday, October 28th. Please keep in mind that action on these types of issues is sometimes deferred for 30-90 days.While we work through this issue, I hope everyone will breath deeply and treat all sides with respect. This has already become a very emotional issue, and I am dismayed by the rumors and misinformation already circulating. We are neighbors; by working together, we can continue to create a safe, sustainable, vibrant community!Best regards,Amy
We have a fancy-pants version of the tabulations below that makes it clearer what the evaluators decided and what the county decided for them.
David Dewhirst was kind enough to send along this easier-to-read version of his proposal, in which every page is properly oriented, unlike the scan the county provided. This one won't give you a headache to read.