A construction delay at the downtown Holiday Inn means many attendees at this spring's American Quilter's Society QuiltWeek won't be staying quite as close to the action this year, but a show organizer says the change won't harm the event.
The 123-room Holiday Inn is now slated to begin accepting reservations July 1, according to Claude Bacon, president of sales for LinGate Hospitality, the company developing the hotel. A McMurry Construction representative previously told The Sun that the hotel would receive its certificate of occupancy by April 1. The spring 2017 AQS QuiltWeek is scheduled for April 26-29.
"The construction timeline is typical for a project of this magnitude. Opening dates are always a moving target in new construction," Bacon said in an email. He did not provide a reason for the delay.
Mayor Brandi Harless said the delay was due to a historic hospital foundation found at the start of construction.
"This was not anticipated and took some time to remediate," she said. "The good news is, the hotel management did not book (QuiltWeek) rooms just in case this type of thing were to happen. Our (QuiltWeek) guests will get to see the hotel under construction and can anticipate their stay either in the fall (or) at the show in 2018."
American Quilter's Society Executive Director Bonnie Browning said she understands the complexities of the hotel project and expects this spring show to run smoothly in spite of the later opening.
"You never can depend on exact (dates) when you're working on construction. From the time we have been planning the show and working on our registration, we didn't have a definite deadline, so I don't think it's going to impact us at all," she said. "Every year we have new stuff, and so we just go with the flow."
Browning said show organizers have already planned shuttle and pedestrian routes to avoid the hotel construction. She added that she looks forward to the Holiday Inn being open for AQS' new fall show this year, which will be held Sept. 13-16.
Installation of the 38,000-square-foot Paducah Dome Pavilion, which provides additional space for each year's show, is planned to begin next Tuesday, depending on weather, according to city spokeswoman Pam Spencer.
The dome will be erected at its new address, 711 N. 6th St., where it was moved last year to accommodate the Holiday Inn's construction.