Alexander IV Elementary School, affectionately known as Alex IV in the Macon community, is located at 3769 Ridge Avenue in the Ingleside neighborhood of Macon, Georgia. Ingleside was signed into the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district in early 2016. Contributing properties, including Alex IV, located within the bounds of Ingleside Historic District are eligible for state and federal preservation tax incentives.

Built in 1932, Alex IV was the fourth school built by the Elam Alexander Trust. Elam Alexander believed strongly in the need of free, quality education for Maconites. The architecture of the building resembles finishes and features akin to an Alpine Mountain Village. The building expanded in 1948 to include more classrooms, storage space and a lunchroom. Alex IV was listed on Macon's Fading Five, a list of endangered properties published by Historic Macon annually, in 2015 due to its significance as a center of the Ingleside community and its stunning architecture.

Dover Development selected to rehab Alex IV

Historic Macon accepted proposals from developers through October of 2016. In December of 2016, Historic Macon announced Dover Development, a firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee, won the proposal. Dover Development plans to rehab the builing as a high-end senior living facility with communal spaces the Ingleside neighborhood can enjoy.

Historic Macon will host a public meeting on Monday, December 4 from 5-6pm at Alex IV (3769 Ridge Avenue) with representatives from Dover Development. All interested community members are invited to the meeting to learn more about Dover Development's plans for the rehabilitation of Alex IV.

Download and review Dover Development's winning proposal.



The winning proposal is sensitive to the neighborhood, the building's preservation and compliance with local zoning laws. Historic Macon held a public meeting on April 11, 2016 with over 100 neighbors and community members in attendance. Attendees gave input regarding future uses for the building. These comments were been included in a RFP, which includes all other requirements.

Developers were asked to submit complete proposals to Historic Macon's Executive Director, Ethiel Garlington, by email to Proposals contained the following:

  • Developer Qualifications
  • Rehabilitation and development concept
  • Financial capacity (this information will be kept confidential)
  • Proposals must also include the purchase price for the property

Proposals were evaluated by the specifications listed in the RFP by a review committee of neighborhood representatives, an elected official, and Historic Macon trustees.