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$14M renovation project scheduled for ‘The Dunlap’ in Paducah

Renovation for The Dunlap in Paducah, Kentucky is expected to be finished in 2022.
Renovation for The Dunlap in Paducah, Kentucky is expected to be finished in 2022.(City of Paducah)
Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 5:20 PM CDT
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PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - The former Walter C. Jetton Middle School campus will undergo renovations.

The City of Paducah announced the renovations on Tuesday, August 24. They said the building will now be known as the The Dunlap, which comes from Paducah educator and librarian Mollie E. Dunlap.

After the project is completed, the city said the The Dunlap will feature 42 units of affordable housing and a revitalized symphony hall and music academy.

“The need for more affordable housing in Paducah and throughout our country is well documented and is essential to attracting and retaining the diverse workforce needed for communities to grow and Paducah has a rich artistic legacy and we’re proud to play a role in restoring such a beautiful building in this vibrant community,” said Jacob Brown, founder and principal of Marian Development Group.

The former Walter C. Jetton school was built in 1920, serving as an educational facility until 1980 when educational instruction ended and the building started hosting community functions and cultural events.

The city said that the attached symphony hall where the Paducah Symphony Orchestra performed 40 years ago has been vacant for more than 20 years. They said the water damage and exposure to the elements caused significant damage to the building.

The Dunlap will maintain 21 apartment units formerly known as Jetton Schoolhouse Apartments and that will create 21 additional units for a total of 42 affordable apartment units.

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra will return to the symphony hall space where they will use the basement of the symphony hall for administrative offices and a new music academy.

They will continue to serve the community by facilitating affordable educational programs and services, as well as putting on affordable concerts in the restored symphony hall.

The city of Paducah said funding for the $14 million development came through low income housing tax credits provided by Kentucky Housing Corporation, Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits, traditional construction and capital loans provided by PNC Bank and a roof grant from the City of Paducah.

Renovation for The Dunlap is expected to be finished in 2022.

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