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A decrepit historic hotel that had fallen into ruin is now close to being reopened as a retirement facility.

Years ago the Alexander Inn in Oak Ridge played host to world-renown scientists working to create an atomic bomb. The inn fell into years of disrepair after that rich history. History buffs fought for more than a decade to save the building. Now, in just a few months, the doors will open once more.

The guest house will open in March. The building will feature a museum paying tribute to the inn's rich history and association with the Manhattan project.

When they first started work, builders found mold, asbestos and rotted wood. Now, new windows replace shattered glass; there's also a new roof, columns and a brand new elevator. The exterior architecture will favor its original look from the 1940s. Inside, there will be a mix of antique and modern furnishings. There is still some work left to do before the doors open.

Transforming a building on the national register of historic places is a tough project that comes with an intense approval process. Organizers say it's worth it.

Rick Dover, the general manager of Family Pride Corp who is handling the renovations told WBIR that as much work as the building is to repair, it's a unique opportunity.

He says historic places are some of the most important buildings to the community and that they are the perfect candidates to save. He says putting them back into service can create economic value and economic life.

Dover's work also extends to other historic areas in Tennessee. Currently, he has plans to restore Hotel Farragut and old historic Knoxville High School.

Currently, applications are being accepted for those interested in living at the Alexander Inn. There are several rooms still available. You can apply at www.ssmgrp.com.


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