I would like to make a few positive comments about the proposed hotel complex in downtown Paducah.

It seems to me that it's a matter of support for the system of free enterprise.

For all the hand-wringing about local occupancy rates, parking spaces and why the city "needs another hotel," to me this decision to permit the development is just business.

Regardless of the local hotel occupancy rates, if the investor group thinks it can turn a profit on the project, then they should be allowed to invest their money and take their chances. That is the free enterprise system at its core. Let them work their business model for success.

As for parking, the architectural drawings show 120 spaces of off-street parking. Customers at various hours of the day and evening may have to adjust their walking distance to different downtown stores. My "business guess" is that the downtown business that offers the best in products and service will retain those customers.

The TIF district will be a "go" with this project. The "business benefit" for the city is that Paducah will receive increased revenue through increased property values and sales tax generated by this project. Additionally, the city someday will spend several million dollars rehabilitating the lot if this project does not happen. A penny saved is a penny earned.

I close with one emotional argument for the "City Block" project. Instead of saying to visitors, "Look at our parking lot," we have the opportunity of saying, "Look at this hotel, shopping and downtown living project that private enterprise brought to our city."

Allan Rhodes


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