Ribbon cutting marks completion of The Blake at Kingsport

Hank Hayes • Oct 23, 2019 at 2:02 PM

KINGSPORT — Blake Management Group, Kingsport and Johnson City Chamber officials and elected officials cut the ribbon Tuesday on The Blake at Kingsport, a high-end senior living facility now open on Holston Hills Drive.

The Blake will create between 80-100 new jobs at full occupancy, according to a news release.

"It's a crown jewel for Kingsport," Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable said of The Blake.

"It's a great place to eat with your friends and make new friends," said Kingsport Mayor Pat Shull.

The 110,000-square-foot, $21 million development has 70 assisted living units and 48 memory care units.

"I've had many sleepless nights getting to this point," said Nicole Briggs, The Blake's executive director. "But I can say my team has been phenomenal on this journey."

The Blake offers customized care for every resident, developed with the resident, family members and medical professionals.

Residents have their own dining room, spacious living areas and a secure landscaped courtyard.

Tennessee State Rep. Bud Hulsey, R-Kingsport, helped pass legislation so The Blake could have a full service bar.

The Blake also offers:

• Dining and nutritional standards — Chef-prepared menus change daily and special dietary needs can be accommodated.

• Physical and occupational therapy — Residents have the benefits of professional therapists and modern, senior-specific equipment.

• Salon and massage therapy services.

• Activity and social programs — Socialization is crucial to a rewarding life. Residents have opportunities for both organized and informal interaction.

• Short-term stays and offers special rates for families in need of respite care.