Demolition to start Monday on Broadway building in downtown Paducah
A contractor for the City of Paducah will begin the demolition of the building located at 432 Broadway on Monday, August 17. The contract period for this demolition project is 90 days. For the safety of the public and to allow crews to complete the demolition, expect lane and sidewalk restrictions on Broadway and 5th Street during the contract period.
City Manager Jeff Pederson says, “This demolition is taking place following consultation with a host of structural engineers and in response to the position that the City finds itself in with respect to the public health threat posed by the building in its present condition. We ask for the understanding of the public for the disruption that will take place with the traffic flow during the period of the demolition.”
Traffic on Broadway will be tapered to one lane between 6th and 4th Streets with traffic allowed in the north lane. There will be periodic closures of both lanes of traffic on Broadway between 5 and 10 p.m. throughout the contract period. The traffic signal at the intersection of 5th and Broadway will not be operational. Stop signs will be erected at that intersection. The sidewalk on the north side of Broadway between 5th Street and 4th Street will be open to pedestrian traffic throughout demolition. However, the sidewalk on the south side of that stretch of Broadway will be closed to pedestrian traffic. Access to businesses will be allowed.
Regarding 5th Street, the section of 5th between Kentucky Avenue and Broadway will be closed to through traffic. Between Jefferson Street and Broadway, 5th Street will be open for local traffic; however, drivers will not be able to go through the Broadway intersection. They will need to turn left on Broadway. The sidewalk on 5th Street between Kentucky and Broadway will be closed on the east side and open on the west side throughout demolition.
In July, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved the $1 purchase of 432 Broadway from the limited liability company called 432 Broadway. The Board also approved a contract with Environmental Abatement, Inc. in the amount of $458,685 for the building’s demolition. After working since 2010 with the former building owner on correction measures, the City was notified this year by the former owner that he did not have financial means to stabilize the building and bring it up to code. Some stabilization work was completed in 2012; however, the building has further deteriorated and has significant structural issues. The City secured the area around the building with fencing in 2013 and issued a demolition order in 2014. In May, the City worked to get estimates to either stabilize or demolish the building. Preliminary estimates to only stabilize (not rehabilitate) the building were between $1.9 and 2.0 million.
The City is applying for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). If awarded, the funds would be put toward the demolition costs. A match of $125,000 would be required from the City. Notification regarding the grant funding is expected in March 2016.