Carriage House to come down despite Renaissance Alliance objections

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Reporter - Brianna Conner
Photojournalist - Eric Allmann

PADUCAH — Paducah city leaders decided the fate of a longtime vacant downtown building Tuesday night.

It was a battle between the Paducah Renaissance Alliance and the owners of the old Ethan Allen Carriage House.

The PRA spent more than an hour trying to convince city commissioners to save the building, while the owners maintained it was too expensive to stabilize the structure for use.

PRA's Director Lisa Thompson emphasized the historic nature of the  building and argued it's protected because of its location within a demolition control zone but in the end, commissioners sided with the owners.

The commissioners voted unanimously in support of the demolition control committee's original decision to demolish the Carriage House to make way for a surface-level parking lot.

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