paducah riverfront projectPADUCAH, KY (5/31/12) – Paducah had a public hearing on the Paducah Waterfront Development Project last night at City Hall.
This was phase one of the three phases for the Paducah Waterfront Development Project.
The hearing discussed the plans and the environmental factors that phase one of the waterfront developments would have on Paducah. Phase one includes a marina and a transient dock on the Ohio River.
John Farmer of Florence & Hutcheson presented the plans.
The Waterfront Project had to comply with the National Environment Policy Act. In order for that to happen, Florence & Hutcheson had to develop and 1) Alternate Analysis, 2) Discover Environment Impact, 3) Planning and Public Involvement, and 4) The Need for Plan to Enhance Facilities.
After looking at a number of plans, Florence & Hutcheson decided that the marina would be best situated at Schultz Park and the transient boat dock at the end of Broad way Street.
Five boat ramps will be put in place at the marina. The marina would include 150 slips, enhance Schultz Park, and improve the current parking situation by adding 100 parking spaces. The size of the marina would be 265,000 cubic fill with shore protection.
The plan is to move Burnett Street from 6th street to 8th street so that they can build a five boat wide ramp at the current Burnett Street location that goes above the flood wall. 100 parking spaces would be put in place as well.
The environmental impact with this plan would be minimal including road closures. Engineer/Public Works, Rick Murphy said that Broadway Street will not be closed at this time unlike some residents had originally feared.
Some undeveloped wetlands will be lost with the development of the transient boat dock. There will be a loss of 9.2 acres of wetland with up to 34.4 acres for wetland preservation. 3.4 acres of upland forest and 7.3 of wetland restoration will be lost.
Schultz Park will be ongoing a lot of changes with Phase One of this project. “But, Schultz Park will be impacted for the better,” said John Farmer of Florence & Hutcheson
Florence & Hutcheson developed the plans. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Federal Highway Administration and the Housing and Urban Development helped Florence & Hutcheson come up with plan.
All this comes after the project was started in 2006. The master plan was accepted in April of 2012 by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Federal Highway Administration.
The project will cost about 17.3 million dollars. The city of Paducah will get 10.685 million dollars in grants to help pay for the project. Phase one plans are about 90 percent complete. They hope to start construction in the summer of 2013.
If you weren’t able to attend the meeting last night you can go look at the project drawing and environmental assessment at the City Engineer/Public Works Director office on the 2nd floor of City Hall at 300 South 5th Street from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday until June 14, 2012.
Conor Revell
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