The Blake is in the Riverbend development on high ground with views of the Holston River, mountains and the site of a planned city park. The area around the site also has outparcels for restaurant development.
The project is a joint venture between Southeast-based Quality Senior Living (QSL), LLC; Mobile, Ala.-based Elcan Associates, Inc. and Blake Management Group, also based in the Southeast.
Glenn Barclay, a QSL partner and co-founder of Blake Management, said the plan is to have the 118-unit facility open in spring 2018.
“We will have 70 (units) designated for assisted living and 48 designated for specialized memory care,” Barclay noted. “We have an easement for the park that’s going to go in behind here. We plan to be partners in that and support it. We love we’re up high and the residents are going to have a fine view. … I think it’s going to be beautiful.”
The project is expected to generate 70 new jobs, according to Barclay.
Kingsport Mayor John Clark recognized former Mayor Dennis Phillips for his previous work on the project.
“We’ve really worked on improving our housing for our citizens,” Clark told those gathered at the groundbreaking. “ … We’re making a lot of improvements across our city on that front, this being a culmination of great housing for our senior citizens. We also want to improve the health and wellness of our citizens. This facility, with a focus on memory care, addresses that issue.”
Amenities are expected to include a sunlit chapel, theatre room, salon, fitness center and spa, café and piano lounge and a business center. The floor plans range from studio apartments to two-bedroom units.
The project received $1 million in tax increment financing for site development.
A Tennessee Comptroller’s report released this week said the number of Tennessee seniors age 65 and over is expected to almost double from 850,000 in 2010 to 1.7 million in 2030.
For more, go to www.blakeliving.com.