Paducah city leaders making another push for new downtown hotel
Paducah city leaders are making another push for a new downtown hotel by looking for a new developer.
City spokeswoman Pam Spencer says the Paducah Riverfront Development Authority is working on a new proposal to attract potential developers.
Once that is finished, they will start looking at new bids for the project.
City Manager Jeff Pederson told Local 6 it’s not accurate to call it starting over because they are in a very different position than they were three years ago when they started their talks with the previous developer. Now, they have extensive knowledge about the hotel industry, funding hotels, and what the developers are looking for. They also have another location option.
In March, the city commission agreed to purchase a vacant nursing home property on North 3rd Street. The property is located directly south of the planned hotel and where the pavilion is currently set up.
Meredith Schroeder, president of American Quilters Society and PRDA member, said the second property would allow them to continue to set up the pavilion for QuiltWeek, even while he hotel was under construction. She said she would like to be more involved this time around as a PRDA member in the recruitment of developers.
“I know we’d be very interested in being involved,” she said. “We spent three years on all that plan, and so we’re familiar with the area and familiar with some of the problems,” Schroeder said.
Both Schroeder and Pederson agree, they need to keep moving forward.
“Yeah, we’re all disappointed it hasn’t happened yet. But I’ve been in city government a long time, and I’ve seen very few public initiatives with this strong of a conviction,” Pederson said.