Downtown business owners still hoping for hotel

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Reporter - Jason Hibbs
Photojournalist - Michael Bradford

PADUCAH, Ky. - Local business owners worry they'll never see a new downtown hotel.

City leaders thought they'd have an agreement signed by the end of last month.  Friday the city manager said that agreement is still being drafted. But he says he's confident the project is moving in the right direction, and a hotel will be built right here!

It may sound like a broken record, but one man keeps listening.

"It has been in the making for a few years now," owner of Tribecca Mexican Cuisine, Jorge Martinez said.

Martinez tries to stay patient and positive.

He knows a 124 room hotel built downtown would bring business to everyone.

"It would totally be fantastic if it was to happen," Martinez said.

City Manager Jeff Pederson had hoped the city would sign an agreement with the developer on September 30.

"It didn't happen on that date.  It is going to happen and it's going to happen very soon," Pederson said.

For Martinez and others that can't come soon enough.

"It would kind of take downtown to the next level," Martinez said.

Pederson wouldn't let me look at the draft but said one of the conditions in it, the developer has to build a hotel with a national brand. They want this to be upscale. 

Pederson said construction will likely take 12 months or more, he hopes to break ground in spring of next year.

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