Note: Due to the COVID-19 situation and the need to maintain social distancing, all members of the Paducah Board of Commissioners participated by video and/or audio conferencing.
The City has been made aware of concerns from a couple of community members and local media related to the Board’s previous meeting which was held July 28. The City has consulted with the City Attorney, and it has been determined that the July 28 meeting complied with Open Meetings laws and SB150. However, the City has chosen to redo items from the July 28 meeting at this meeting in an effort to go above and beyond to exemplify transparency. The next scheduled meeting will be a called meeting on Wednesday, August 12 at 5:30 p.m.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a municipal order to continue the suspension of the agreement with Lose & Associates, Inc. regarding the design and construction management services for the Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Center and direct the City Manager to continue due diligence on the project. This municipal order pauses the agreement until January 2021. At the July 14 Commission meeting, the Board approved adding amendments to this municipal order directing the City Manager to continue due diligence related to the project including
This municipal order was adopted with a 3-2 vote with Commissioner Richard Abraham and Commissioner Gerald Watkins voting no. Commissioner Abraham and Commissioner Watkins stated they are in favor of pausing the design but not in favor of the amendments that continue the due diligence related to the project which may have associated costs. Prior to the vote, Commissioner Abraham made a motion to rescind the amendments to the municipal order and include only the pausing of the design until January. By a 2-3 vote (Commissioner Abraham and Commissioner Gerald Watkins voting to rescind the amendments), the Board did not approve Commissioner Abraham’s motion.
The City entered into an agreement with Lose for the design of the indoor recreation and aquatic center in August 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City paused the design of the facility beginning May 1 for a period that would have ended this month. For more information about the Center including the conceptual drawings, visit http://paducahky.gov/indoor-recreation-and-aquatic-center.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance to approve a development agreement between the City and Weyland Ventures Development, LLC for the City Block project. This project includes the development of a hotel, parking, open space, and mixed-use residential buildings located on the 2.88-acre city-owned block bounded by Second Street, Broadway, North Water Street, and Jefferson Street.
Mayor Brandi Harless made a motion to amend the section of the agreement related to the reimbursement of environmental remediation costs. The amended section which places a cap on the potential costs reads as follows: Reimbursement of Remediation Costs. Should the Developer be required to perform any remediation work on the Development Site, the City shall reimburse the Developer the actual costs of the remediation as provided under Article VI of this Agreement, up to the equivalent of the purchase price of Tracts 1 and 3. Should the cost of additional remediation exceed this amount, the City and the Developer shall work collaboratively to identify additional sources of funds to be used for remediation. However, should the additional cost of remediation exceed such available funds, the Developer shall not be bound to the conveyance of the property.
The Board approved (by a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Richard Abraham voting no) to include the amended remediation section in the agreement.
At the July 28 meeting, Bill Weyland and Barry Alberts with Weyland Ventures provided an overview of the company and its various projects including several projects completed in Louisville, Kentucky, and Dayton, Ohio. Alberts stated that Weyland Ventures likes Paducah and would like to do more projects after investing $21 million in the City Block project.
In April 2019, the City and Weyland entered into a pre-development agreement for each party to undertake various site due diligence for the project including numerous stakeholder meetings, market and financial analysis, project development and design, environmental review and geotechnical analysis, and parking analysis.
Under this development agreement, the project is divided into two construction phases. The city-owned block is divided into three tracts with Weyland purchasing the two smaller tracts (Tract 1 and Tract 3). The middle tract (Tract 2) is the largest which will remain under city ownership for parking and open space.
The first phase includes Weyland purchasing Tract 1 for $141,000 for the construction of a 4 ½ story boutique hotel, with the final site plan showing 84 rooms, along Jefferson Street. Weyland will invest a minimum of $12 million in the hotel. The City will review the design of the hotel to ensure the design fits the fabric of the historic downtown. Also, during this first phase, Weyland will provide improvements to Tract 2 (the middle tract) to create green space, open space, and parking with the final site plan depicting 172 parking spaces. At this time, this parking lot offers 213 spaces. The City will retain ownership of Tract 2 and will reimburse Weyland for the development expenses.
The second phase of this development is the construction of two mixed-use commercial and residential buildings along Broadway on Tract 3. Weyland will purchase Tract 3 for $155,000 and will invest a minimum of $9 million into this phase. Phase 2 could include approximately 18,000 square feet in commercial space with up to 48 upper-story residential units.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance to amend and extend the agreement with Paducah Riverfront Hotel, LP for the city-owned property located at 501 North 3rd Street. This is vacant property located adjacent to the City’s floodwall and the Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront. A nursing home was the last structure that was on the site before being demolished. In 2015, the City approved an agreement with Paducah Riverfront Hotel (LinGate Hospitality) for a right of first refusal and an option to purchase or lease the property. That agreement expired last month. This ordinance would extend the agreement for two more years with an expiration date of July 15, 2022, and amend the agreement to allow the developer more flexibility in the type of accommodations to be developed on the property. In 2015, the City entered into a development agreement with Paducah Riverfront Hotel to bring the 123-room Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront which is located next to the convention center complex.