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Thu May 16, 2013

Paducah Coca-Cola Plant Takes Steps Toward National Historic Register

  

The Paducah Coca-cola plant under construction in 1939
The Paducah Coca-cola plant under construction in 1939
Credit Picture courtesy of Don Howell

  A Paducah building which sat for years and in disrepair has now received initial approval for the National Register of Historic Places. 

Edward and Meagan Musselman bought the 70 year-old former Coca-Cola bottling plant last year. The couple spent the day in Louisville filing an application for entry in the Register. Acceptance into the Registry will give the owners tax breaks that would help the renovation.  Edward Musselman says the building holds a lot of potential.

"We hope that we can create a treasure, basically revive a treasure. The building is fantastic and all we’re trying to do is dust it off and try to give it a new life, a new purpose. "

The application now goes to the National Parks Service for final determination of eligibility. This next step is expected to take several weeks. The Musselmans plan to incorporate a Coke museum, a soda fountain, restaurants, and retail shops into the completed building.