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The groundbreaking ceremony for the City Block project was held January 27, 2023. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, the City of Paducah, and Weyland Ventures along with approximately 250 attendees celebrated the launch of this transformative project for historic downtown Paducah. Groundbreaking Ceremony News Release
Construction for City Block's public amenities (linear promenades, green space, and parking areas) began the week of January 30, 2023. The construction requires the closure of a majority of the block; however, the gazebo and a public parking area are open along the Broadway section of the site. By early spring, construction of the 81-room boutique hotel along Jefferson Street will begin.
Are you planning a trip to historic downtown Paducah? More than 500 parking spaces are available in the heart of downtown along the streets. However, if you are looking for off-street parking, visit Downtown Parking to view the list of FREE public parking lots with more than 1000 total spaces. Enjoy your visit to downtown Paducah!
Tax increment finance is a financing and development tool that permits local governments to capture future increases in property and other taxes generated by new development within a specified development area. In Kentucky, taxes collected by the State also are eligible to be directed back to the city, which is a completely new revenue source for the city. The captured value of the increase in tax revenues is used to finance public improvements and to attract private development projects. Eligible public expenditures include parks and open space, public parking, transportation and pedestrian improvements, and environmental remediation on historic properties. To learn more about TIF Districts in Kentucky, read the Kentucky League of Cities TIF Explanation.
March 2019 - The City of Paducah and McCracken County passed a resolution and executed an agreement to establish the area’s first Tax Increment Finance District (TIF).
August 2019 - Paducah received Preliminary Approval by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) for Paducah’s Downtown Riverfront TIF District.
March 2021 - Paducah received Final Approval by KEDFA. News Release - Final Approval of Paducah's TIF
Please watch the 2-minute video below to learn the structure of Paducah's TIF and the benefits.
The City Block Development Project is Paducah’s first major private development project within the Downtown Riverfront TIF District.
Focusing on the growth of Paducah, the City Block Project will bring a new, 3-acre multi-use development to Downtown Paducah. It creates a new Downtown destination that catalyzes economic growth, supports our creative industries and tourism sector, provides more housing options for our changing population, connects Downtown to nearby landmarks, and facilitates the completion of Paducah’s Riverfront Park.
To advance transformative projects that improve Paducah’s quality of life and move our city, county, and region forward.
To create places and spaces that attract people of all ages and strengthen our local and state economy.
To unlock the untapped potential of Paducah’s riverfront for recreation, hospitality, and commerce.
To honor our history and heritage through the ongoing restoration and preservation of our beautiful historic Downtown.
To ensure that future growth complements and reinforces that which came before.
To connect people and places together for a stronger, more resilient Paducah.
The City-owned site is a 2.88-acre parcel located in Downtown Paducah that is bounded by Broadway, 2nd Street, Jefferson, and Water Streets. City Block, also known as the gazebo lot, is at the heart of Paducah. It's where people meet. It's our foundation. As such, high standards are demanded by our Development Program Goals and Design Features.
The community has been asking a variety of great questions. This City Block Project Frequently Asked Questions document summarizes several of the top questions and answers.
The current effort has been several years in the making. Change, particularly monumental changes, takes a lot of preparation along with partnerships. Paducah has a special partner - one that truly embraces the word partner and has proven integrity. That partner must bring fresh, cutting-edge ideas that have become our tradition. But that partner must listen to the community and respect the historical context of our home. Weyland Ventures is a multi-disciplinary real estate development firm known for creating unique mixed-use properties in urban areas across the nation. Considered experts in the use of historic tax credits, new market credits, and other layered financing methods, the company is able to tackle tough projects that typically wouldn’t be considered viable to other firms. Weyland Ventures’ projects incorporate residential, commercial, retail, and entertainment venues that often create new and vibrant neighborhoods while preserving the community’s unique heritage. Notable projects include Whiskey Row Lofts and the Slugger Museum and Factory in Louisville and Owensboro Downtown and Riverfront Revitalization.
In April 2019, the City of Paducah entered into a 12-month preliminary development agreement with Weyland Ventures to undertake planning, design, and development for a 3-acre mixed use development on an existing municipal parking lot in Downtown Paducah at the corner of 2nd and Broadway (City Block). As part of this agreement, Weyland Ventures is obligated to create to Development Program that prioritizes a hotel, off-street public parking, public open space, and one or more mixed-use buildings on the City Block site. The City is responsible for undertaking site due diligence work, including environmental review, geotechnical analysis, utility assessment, and a parking assessment.
The Development Agreement between City and Weyland Ventures Development, LLC was approved at the August 12, 2020, meeting of the Paducah Board of Commissioners. There was a presentation about the project at the July 28, 2020, meeting.
The City Block project, a $21 million private investment, includes the development of a hotel, parking, open space, and a mixed-use residential building located on the 2.88-acre city-owned block bounded by Second Street, Broadway, North Water Street, and Jefferson Street. 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.
Phase 1: The first phase includes Weyland purchasing Tract 1 for $141,000 for the construction of a 4 ½ story 81 room boutique hotel along Jefferson Street. The City reviewed 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 more than 150 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.
Phase 2: The second phase of this development is the construction of a mixed-use commercial/residential building along Broadway on Tract 3. Weyland will purchase Tract 3 for $155,000 and 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.
In February 2022, the City of Paducah announced that Weyland Ventures secured a financing commitment from Paducah Bank and Trust Company for the City Block Project’s boutique hotel which will be along Jefferson Street. Weyland Ventures and the City of Paducah have been working to complete the requirements in the development agreement signed by both parties in 2020. With all of the requirements met, the groundbreaking ceremony and construction are expected to begin this spring. The first phase includes the hotel development and the public promenade, green space, and parking improvements. Weyland Ventures along with the City of Paducah and the Paducah Main Street Design Committee collaborated to develop a design for the City Block project that will gracefully weave into the fabric of downtown Paducah. Financing Commitment News Release
On June 28, 2022, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved the Notice to Proceed for the City Block Project. Weyland Ventures received (opened on April 5, 2022) one responsive bid for the project with Ray Black & Son, Inc., submitting the $3,444,336.00 bid for the public facilities phase of the project. This first phase includes the demolition of the existing parking area, grading and site preparation, and public facilities improvements.
Weyland Ventures CEO Mariah Gratz updated the Paducah Board of Commissioners at its September 13, 2022, meeting on the City Block project and showed the latest site plan and concept images. The first phases for this transformative project for downtown Paducah involves the construction of an 81-room, five-story boutique hotel along Jefferson Street and 148 public parking spaces, greenspace, gathering spaces, and pedestrian friendly corridors in the center of the block. The hotel will include two restaurants and retail space on the first floor with a rooftop bar. Weyland is in conversations with local restauranteurs. Later in 2023, there are plans to break ground on a three-story, residential building along Broadway with 70 market-rate units ranging from studio to two-bedroom apartments. The building will include some commercial space. Weyland’s goal is to minimize holiday shopping disruption for downtown and plans to break ground on the construction in January 2023. Hotel construction will take approximately 16 months with an opening expected in spring 2024.
The City of Paducah and Weyland Ventures invite everyone to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the City Block project. The groundbreaking for this transformative project for downtown Paducah will be Friday, January 27 at 2 p.m. in the block bounded by Second Street, Broadway, Water Street, and Jefferson.
Preliminary Development Agreement
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
Phase II Environmental Site Investigation
Geotechnical Analysis Report
Real Estate Appraisal
Executed Development Agreement
Letter of Commitment from City to Weyland Ventures for City Block Public Facilities
Weyland Ventures Extension Request
City of Paducah Extension Response Letter
City Block Commitments Completion Letter (Dated February 22, 2022)
The community provided input regarding the public spaces outlined in the City Block Project. This private investment of approximately $21 million in Paducah’s downtown by Weyland Ventures includes a multi-use development on the parcel bounded by Broadway, 2nd Street, Jefferson Street, and Water Street. The center of the parcel would be designed as a Town Square which includes off-street public parking, new green space, and a promenade. A boutique hotel is planned for the section facing Jefferson Street with a mixed-use development facing Broadway.
A listening session for the public spaces was held November 9, 2020, with more than four dozen community participants. The video is provided below (1 hour 23 minutes).
To stay informed about project process and to provide feedback, email us: CityBlock@paducahky.gov.