Quilters visit Paducah throughout the year, but for many their only trip to western Kentucky is during the AQS Quilt Week. So, it wouldn't be unheard of to not have heard the city's big news: A brand new downtown hotel is in the works.
The Executive Inn, a behemoth, 400-room hotel, was demolished in 2009. Some say tourism has suffered. But in December, city leaders and hotel developers announced the construction of a new hotel was imminent.
The $19.2 million, six-story, 121-room riverfront hotel near the Julian Carroll Convention Center will include a restaurant that seats at least 50 that will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will also include a bar, but the details, theme and specifications are not complete. The deadline for the hotel to open -set in the city agreement - is June 1, 2015.
Starting this summer, construction will begin on the hotel. The construction will stretch through next year's show. That means the Dome Pavilion, or the bubble, as it is more affectionately known, will no longer be inflated. Abandoned portions of the Convention Center will be renovated, however, to replace the space lost when the pavilion can no longer house the show.
If all goes to plan, the new hotel will open shortly after the AQS's 2015 Quilt Week. There will be a walkway bridge connecting it to the Convention Center, and plenty of parking to go around.