The future of the Katterjohn building is a topic often discussed by city officials, according to Paducah City Manager Jim Arndt.

"The elected officials and I talk about it from time to time," Arndt said. "Probably once every couple of weeks that comes up about what the future holds for that facility, what is our role going to be, what are the current owner's responsibilities, their plans and desires ..."

It's also a discussion topic among the city's code enforcement team, headed by Greg Cherry, deputy chief, fire prevention division, according to Arndt.

"Whenever there's an issue that comes up with the property, they promptly rectify the situation to bring it up to minimum standards," the city manager said. "So they are really very responsive."

The local ownership group, Paducah Historical Properties, LLC, are said to be considering all options for the building's future.

"Our concern from a community perspective is that it's such a beautiful building and has so much character and charm, we'd love to see it restored," Arndt said. "But that's really going to be up to the property owners."

The city would play any role it could to assist the owners' efforts, according to the city manager, but is not in a financial position to do more.

"We had to take on that kind of (financial) burden, if you will, just recently because of unforeseen circumstances with the Kresge property (downtown)," said Arndt. "That was regrettable. We're still bottom's up on that ... we had to do that to protect public safety."

The city has spent approximately $675,000 to date on demolition of that property, and may have to spend up to a million dollars all in, Arndt estimates.

The city manager said he is still hopeful for a good outcome with the Katterjohn building, and hopes publicizing the situation can be a catalyst.

"This (story) could be the spark to set this project in motion that could transform that building for the next 30 or 40 years."

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