Paducah dome pavilion discussed at Convention Center Corporation meeting

Paducah’s dome pavilion lead to a lot of back and forth Tuesday at the Convention Center Corporation meeting. 

The city wants the CCC to take over financial responsibility for it.

Members are split, with some saying they’re contractually obligated to provide the 38,000 square feet of space the dome provides for AQS Quilt Week and should take it on. Others worry about cost.

"I personally have serious concern about us taking on this responsibility when we don’t have enough money now to properly maintain what we got," member Bill Bartleman said.

"We don’t have any other way to provide the space," corporation Vice Chairman Brian Katz said. "But we’re gonna make someone else keep it because we don’t want to deal with it? I mean, I don’t understand the argument."

Members discussed possibly renovating the convention center’s showroom, but were told by city representatives it would cost about $2.5 million to $6 million. They were told relocating the pavilion is the best way to go, possibly using the transient room tax to acquire the $5 million to fund relocating, purchasing and funding the pavilion. 

The CCC postponed a vote on the issue. It will reconvene in three weeks.

Meanwhile, the land will soon be purchased to relocate the dome. City commissioners approved an ordinance to purchase the nearly five acre lot at 619 North 6th street from P&L Railway for $295,000.

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