Hotel coming to downtown Paducah sooner than you think

A hotel is coming to downtown Paducah sooner than you think.

The owner of local restaurant Tribeca, Paul Gourieux, is working with Jorge Martinez to restore a historic building in downtown Paducah. It’s an old building from 1857, which will be the name of a future boutique hotel there.

It’ll be across from the Carson Center at the corner of Kentucky Avenue and South 3rd Street. The owner sees it as a venue not just to stay in, but to add to the downtown experience.

Not to be confused with a bed and breakfast, the boutique hotel will have 10 rooms, decorated with an industrial feel.

“We’re building a very nice, large bar, with seating on this side and breakfast side on the other,” Gourieux said.

He sees it as a space for reunions, weddings, or just to grab a drink in when walking downtown.

“We really do envision this room on a nice, cold winter’s evening that will have a big roaring fire there, and guests will be able to come in and relax themselves around the fire,” Gourieux said.

The idea evolved from Gourieux noticing more people staying in his guest house downtown.

The Chocolate Factory Co-owner Jennine Searcy says this will be an inviting addition to downtown.

"I think it’s great. I think it’s awesome. I think Paul and Jorge have done an amazing job," Searcy said.

The opportunity was made a reality mainly because this is a historic building.

"There are tax credits and incentives through the state and the federal government for people who want to restore and rehabilitate these buildings," Gourieux said.

Gourieux says the incentives are not from the city, but are city supported. He says without Melinda Winchester, who is with Paducah Main Street, applying would’ve been very difficult.

However, he did receive help from the city through the roof stabilization program. The program is put in place to give financial assistance to repair the roofs of historic buildings.   

He hopes the finished product will keep more people downtown.

"It’s a very unique city, and we want people to come and enjoy it and really get a feel for everything it has to offer," Gourieux said.

They hope to have this place finished and ready to go by winter.

As for the Holiday Inn being built downtown, Gourieux welcomes it. He says he has no concerns because the two hotels’ concepts and atmosphere will be totally different.

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