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Paducah Riverfront redevelopment project receives $1.5 million

(Source: City of Paducah) (Source: City of Paducah)
PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) -

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear presented a check for more than $1.5 million in state funding to support Paducah's Riverfront Redevelopment Project on Monday, Nov. 23.

The project aims to transform the community's Ohio River shoreline.

The state funding will give a boost to a phase of the project that includes finishing a land mass in the river and building a gangway and floating service dock, at which passing boaters can take on fuel, water and other supplies, along with safely disposing of sewage.

The project will cost $8.1 million. It is part of a larger plan that will transform the riverfront with a public park and landscaping, plazas and a pavilion, ample parking and a host of cultural amenities.

Mayor Gayle Kaler said the city's plan for a riverfront that encourages outdoor activity fits with Gov. Beshear's promotion of better health.

Phase 1-B of the project will include finishing rock filling in the river to enable an expansion of Shultz Park, which now is a narrow thread along the city's floodwall. the stone will be topped with soil, grass and landscaping.

A gangway to the river will connect with a 340 foot "transient" dock, a floating facility that potentially could be expanded into a marina.

The city's contractor for Phase 1-B is MAC Construction and Excavating Inc.

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