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Dirt moving on new hotels

Staff report

B

y the time 2017 gets in full swing, people will have several new places to stay in downtown Paducah and the Kentucky Oaks Mall area.

Paducah's downtown Holiday Inn hotel, slated for a 1.4-acre lot on the former dome pavilion site at 600 N. Fourth St., is on track for completion in March.

Developers LinGate Hospitality broke ground on the five-story, 123-room hotel in October. Crews from McMurry Construction finished pouring concrete on all five floors in August and are slated to pour the roof in early September in preparation of adding metal framing throughout the structure.

The upscale, riverfront hotel is modeled after the Holiday Inn on Owensboro's riverfront. It will include amenities such as meeting spaces, a pool and a fitness center.

Another Broken Egg Cafe, the restaurant located inside the Owensboro hotel, will open a location inside the Paducah hotel as well, according to the plans. The project also includes additional parking for the hotel on a city-owned lot that once housed the Executive Inn.

The entire project cost is estimated at $18 million. City officials expect it will generate an economic impact of $9 million in direct, indirect and induced spending.

They also expect the hotel to serve as a catalyst for additional development in the downtown area.

Another much smaller addition to the downtown hotel circuit opened earlier this year on Kentucky Avenue.

The 1857 Hotel and Event Space, a 10-room boutique hotel, began as two vacant, 100-year-old buildings at 210-212 Kentucky Ave. Owners Paul Gourieux and Jorge Martinez began renovating the space about two years before its spring opening.

Today, the renovated space features unique, spacious rooms with mixtures of historic and modern elements, a new front facade, modernized utilities and a large event room in back.

Much of the original brickwork and turn-of-the-century appearance was also maintained in the finished product, which has been a hit not only for tourists needing a place to stay but locals enjoying events.

Straying away from downtown toward the bustling Kentucky Oaks Mall retail area, two more commercial hotels are under construction off Interstate 24's Exit 4.

Two separate, local developers are constructing a 1,300 square-foot, 97-suite Homewood Suites hotel and an 80-room Comfort Suites hotel north of Hinkleville Road.

The Homewood Suites is planned for 3901 Coleman Crossing Circle beside the Hampton Inn & Suites. Crews broke ground on the project in late January and expect to be finished by the end of the year.

The Comfort Suites is planned for a spot on the same road next to the Residence Inn. The developer expects to break ground this year and finish up construction in 2017.

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