Paducah Riverfront Development Authority

The Paducah Riverfront Development Authority says it wants direction from the City Commission on the still over-budget Shultz Park renovation project.

Overbudget bids are delaying a project to develop a Paducah riverfront recreation area and dock.  

The Paducah Riverfront Development Authority accepted contractor bids this week for the second phase of renovations to Shultz Park, which involves building a gangway and transient fueling dock as well as adding new sidewalks, stairs and lighting around the park.

A $10 million bid topped the proposals and a $7.8 million dollar bid, from New Albany, Ind.-based Mac Construction and Excavating, was the lowest.

Paducah city officials say the developers of a multi-million downtown hotel project missed the city’s deadline for securing their bank loan.

The planned $19 million project would have added lodging downtown for large events including the annual quilt show.  After months of planning and negotiation, the city commission gave the developers the Jan 29 deadline to secure their end of the bank loan.

As of 2pm today, the developers did not meet those requirements.

Groundbreaking on Paducah’s new riverfront hotel may be delayed due to changes to the building’s blueprints.  

The $19 million dollar project aims to bring a new 121-room Hilton Garden Inn to downtown. 

Paducah Riverfront Hotel Progressing

Oct 8, 2014
LWL Architects

The Paducah City Commission got an update Tuesday night on a new downtown hotel that will connect to the Julian Carroll Convention and Expo Center. Paducah Riverfront Development Authority Executive Director Steve Doolittle says the Hilton Garden Inn will give a “stunning” look to downtown.

“I think when PRDA approved the major earthmatic elements we had a very good discussion about getting a hotel that didn’t look like it was an interstate hotel that really fit the urban fabric of downtown Paducah,” Doolittle said.

Paducah Closer to New Downtown Hotel

Jul 2, 2014
Lance Dennee

The city of Paducah is one step closer to a new downtown hotel. The Kentucky Tourism Development Act Authority Board approved $4.5 million in tax credits to build the Hilton Garden Inn at the pavilion site adjacent to the Julian Carroll Convention Center according to Paducah Riverfront Development Authority director Steve Doolittle.

 The Paducah Riverfront Development Authority signed a Franchise Agreement with Hilton Worldwide to build a 121 room, seven story Hilton Garden Inn. The announcement comes months after PRDA Executive Director Steve Doolittle's initial estimate. The long planned hotel will connect to the Julian Carroll Convention Center by a bridge over the floodwall.

Paducah Riverfront Group Poised to Present Plan

Apr 9, 2014
Lance Dennee


The Paducah Riverfront Development Authority board is ready to present their plans to the City Commission to construct a marina along the Ohio River.

The Paducah Riverfront Development Authority plans to reveal the franchise for a new downtown hotel. 

PRDA Executive Director Steve Doolittle says the city wants to release the franchise with an architectural rendering. But the rendering could delay the roll-out. 

Future of Riverfront Redevelopment Remains Undecided

Nov 6, 2013
John Paul Henry

Board members remain divided on the future of a riverfront development project in Paducah. The Paducah Riverfront Development Authority grappled with narrowed options for Schultz Park and a new dock at Wednesday's PRDA meeting due to limited grant funds.