The 10-year Capital Improvement Plan for the Paducah-McCracken County Convention Center Corporation sets aside $4.9 million in upgrades during the next decade.
That total includes about $1.6 million in the land acquisition and the building of the floor and foundation of the Dome Pavilion, used primarily for AQS Quilt Week. Recently, Paducah city commissioners approved the purchase of a piece of land to move the dome as its current location will be used for future downtown hotel development.
CCC Chairman Brian Katz told the McCracken County Fiscal Court on Wednesday the CCC needs to first vote on whether to take over the financial responsibilities of the dome before approving any other improvements. City commissioners are asking the CCC to take over the dome's deed.
A CCC vote has not happened yet.
The draft improvement plans calls for a new $780,000 kitchen and $584,000 roof for the Convention Center. The Expo Center plans call for a new $600,000 roof and $175,000 for HVAC units. The city and county oversee the Convention and Expo Centers and Judge Executive Bob Leeper said the fiscal court is not taking a position on what should happen to the dome, but he wants to understand the financial obligations before voting on any capital improvements.
"I want to work with them to do what's once again right by the community. But the dome, once again, is it a city asset? Is it a convention center asset? All those questions enter in discussions we'll have and the decision we'll make," Leeper said.
The money to pay for the improvements will come from a 2 percent transient room tax that was added to hotel stays in 2000. The CCC plans to meet in three weeks to determine the future owner of the dome.