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Paducah Riverfront Hotel Plans Announced

Paducah officials have announced a contract with Owensboro-based LinGate Hospitality to build a new hotel on the city's riverfront. 

The five-story, 123-room Holiday Inn will be located next to the Julian Carroll Convention Center.  At Tuesday's press conference, Mayor Gale Kaler called the hotel "the final piece of the puzzle" for the success of Paducah's downtown.  Kaler also outlined what the city will provide to facilitate construction.

“The city is assisting the development by providing LinGate a 20 year lease on the hotel site with the property reverting to the developer at the end of that term. The hotel will also have permission to use the portion of the city owned property on the riverside of the floodwall adjacent to the convention center for hotel parking. The city will provide LinGate a one-time allowance of $900,000 for site upgrades and construction,” Kaler said.

According to LinGate Hospitality CEO Glen Higdon, the hotel will have one of the first Kentucky franchises of the Another Broken Egg restaurant chain.  Higdon says the facility will be identical to their property in Owensboro.

“We’ll be under construction until October 1st, but I have been told we have to have the bond approved by the state before we can start construction. So I’m hedging a little bit on that but our timeline is moving fast. I’m only held up by what other people don’t get done,” Lindgate said.

Paducah City Manager Jeff Pederson says the ordinance’s final passage is set for a special commission meeting Thursday evening.

Todd Hatton hails from Paducah, Kentucky, where he got into radio under the auspices of the late, great John Stewart of WKYX while a student at Paducah Community College. He also worked at WKMS in the reel-to-reel tape days of the early 1990s before running off first to San Francisco, then Orlando in search of something to do when he grew up. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Murray State University. He vigorously resists adulthood and watches his wife, Angela Hatton, save the world one plastic bottle at a time.
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