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Paducah Invites Residents to Virtual Meeting For Northside Neighborhood Historic Study

Pam Spencer
City of Paducah

The city of Paducah has launched a project aimed at studying the Northside neighborhood in hopes of adding the neighborhood to the National Register of Historic Places, and has asked residents with historic information about the area to participate. 

The Northside Residential District consists of over 450 buildings, and lies between Park Avenue, North 10th Street, Palm Street, and North 14th Street. If added to the national register, property owners will be able to seek state and federal tax credits for building rehabilitation. 

Paducah Planning Department Senior Planner Josh Sommer said Paducah had a rich heritage of historic neighborhoods, including the Downtown Commercial District, the Lower Town Neighborhood District, and the Jefferson Street-Fountain Avenue District. 

“The Northside neighborhood is largely a structurally intact neighborhood.  It’s a neighborhood where residents choose to live their entire lives,” he said. “Generations of Paducahans have seen the historical value of this neighborhood added to the City as a whole.”

David Taylor, a historic preservation consultant, has more than forty years of experience. He received his master’s degree from Western Kentucky University, and has prepared over 20 Kentucky nominations to the national register. He said the Northside Neighborhood held a range of building stock, including bungalows from the 1920s and earlier minimal traditional, mid-century modern, and ranch-style houses. 

“It is a well-cared-for neighborhood that certainly reflects the care that its residents take to preserve its character,” Taylor said.

The city will host a Zoom kick-off meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 5:30PM.

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