City commissioners authorize zoning change for new medical center & introduce building repair ordinance


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

PADUCAH, Ky. - A new 30,000 square foot medical center is moving forward after a zoning change.

The Paducah City Commission approved changing an area off Pecan Drive from 'low density' to 'high density residential.'

The request for the zoning change to about seven acres of property next to Highway 62 was made by The Opthmalogy Group, in hopes of building the medical center.

The commissioners also introduced an ordiance to help repair buildings in the historic downtown.

They're hoping to establish a "roof stabilization program," after the damage to the Kresge building in June.

Planning director Steve Ervin says disintegration of the roof was what forced to city to spend more than $20,000 on emergency stabilization.

The program affects buildings from Water Street to 7th Street and Jefferson Street to Kentucky Avenue.

Property owners in that area will be eligible to apply for financial assistance in replacing or repairing the roof.

The city plans on spending up to $50,000 on repairs each year, with an additional $85,000 available for the program's first year.