About the Project

In February 2001, the City of Paducah's City Commission convened a Commission Advance attended by the Mayor, Commissioners, City Manager, department heads, and critical managers. A Strategic Plan was developed which determined that Vital Neighborhoods was one of four primary Goals established for the City.

With the mandate from the Commission to secure Viable Neighborhoods, the City of Paducah Planning Department undertook the creation of a neighborhood plan for the revitalization of one of its first and oldest neighborhoods known as 'Lower Town'. Lower Town is a historic residential neighborhood adjacent to the City's Central Business District and Downtown.

In hopes to build upon this successful neighborhood revitalization initiative, the City Commission selected the Fountain Avenue neighborhood as the next target area for revitalization. Realizing that each neighborhood has its own unique strengths and weaknesses, the Planning Department first created a plan that was unique to the Fountain Avenue neighborhood and worked with its residents and interested parties to formulate a revitalization strategy tailored to the needs of the Fountain Avenue area.

How the Program Works

Incentives are provided to persons who have obtained a structure or vacant lot and plan -on living in the home as their primary residence for at least 5 years. Specific incentives can be found by clicking on the menu above, but involve special financing packages from BB&T, Community Financial Services Bank, and Paducah Bank, and other incentives from the city or neighborhood groups. Obtaining a property from the city involves a proposal process that is run through the Paducah Urban Renewal and Community Development Agency (URCDA). This board consists of five citizens appointed by the Mayor and Commission. Proposal requirements can be found by clicking of Obtaining a Property. Once a property is obtained, any proposed changes to the exterior of the house must be approved by the Historic & Architectural Review Commission (HARC). In general, changes are approved if they maintain the character of the structure in the year of which it was constructed. Then a building permit can be obtained so construction/reconstruction can begin.

Other Program Information

The former Thomas Jefferson projects located at 13th and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive have been razed creating approximately 6.5 acres of prime property ripe for redevelopment in the heart of the city. Click on MLK/13th Property to find learn more about some ideas for redeveloping this property.

Lang Park is a circular recreation area created by the center of the round-a-bout of Fountain Avenue. Click on Lang Park above to see some conceptual designs for the redevelopment of the park.

Targeted Code Enforcement is considered one of the key elements of the revitalization plan. It is anticipated that every structure in the neighborhood will be inspected inside and out to make sure it meets the minimum building code requirements.

A change in zoning was implemented in order to help preserve the unique character of the neighborhood and to help facilitate change in a positive manner. Click on Zoning to learn how the two new zones in this neighborhood work.