Construction on target for Paducah Riverfront Redevelopment project

Construction is on target for the Paducah Riverfront Redevelopment project

Noticeable changes are happening on the project. Areas are blocked off as construction materials are being brought in.

Paducah City Engineer And Public Works Director Rick Murphy says there’s about 55,000 tons of rock to fill in before they can complete the transient dock.

“They’re waiting for the river conditions to get to a point where they can actually bring the barge in to offload the fill rock,” Murphy said.

He says right now river levels are too high to do some of the work.

“When the river is at a pool level we won’t have any trouble, but we’re in a somewhat of a semi flood level right now,” Murphy said.

Improvements to the Schultz Park Area include a gangway and stone-like steps leading into the river. Renderings show what part of the roughly $8 million project will look like.

Murphy says while the water is high now, they expect to finish this phase on time.

“We are in touch with the contractor making sure he understands, you know, you do have high water conditions, but you need to make the progress you can above the water,” Murphy said.

 It’s set to be ready in mid-September.

Former Gov. Steve Beshear gave the city a $1.5 million check in November to help with the project. The governor’s investment just about cuts the $3 million the city still owes in half.

Another possibility for the riverfront area was discussed Wednesday at a Paducah Riverfront Development Authority Board meeting. They talked about possibly turning the area into a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district. A TIF district allows the city to gather city and state income or sales tax.

The board talked about how that could help the city profit from future development near the project, like the old Executive Inn site. Their next step is to look for a consultant to put together a feasibility report to see if a TIF district is possible or even worth it.

Less than a mile from the Riverfront Redevelopment Project, you can see the dome inflated in its new spot pretty soon. It’s now near North 6th Street.

Crews have been working on the foundation level. It’s built with angle irons sticking out to help anchor down the dome. Murphy says the wind could be a factor in laying down the fabric carpeting, but they plan to do it next Monday when they inflate the dome.

Leading out of the dome are new sidewalks going up to the parking lot of the Paducah Convention Center. Murphy says it’s also meant to provide a pathway from LowerTown to the entry of the Greenway Trail.

“This connection has dual purpose. There will be sidewalks curbs and gutters on both sides of 6th Street that will have lifelong effects for us in our new improvements,” Murphy said.

The new sidewalks will also prepare the area for large crowds of people walking from  the convention center to the dome.

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