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Senior Housing Plan Proceeds: Construction may begin in July on HC Mathis Drive

Staff Report, The Paducah Sun
Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sherman-Carter-Barnhart Architects will design and subcontract the construction of 28 senior citizen public housing apartments on land that once held a West Kentucky Vocational-Technical School dormitory on H.C. Mathis Drive.

After reviewing seven bids, the Paducah Housing Authority board voted Thursday to hire the Lexington firm, which has an office at 401 Kentucky Ave., said Jackie Floyd, programs administrator for the authority.

“We hope to have a contract signing in about two weeks,” she said. “This development is something Paducah will be proud of.” Construction is expected to begin in July and be completed in 18 months, she said.

The apartments will be built across from the Senior Citizens Center near Noble Park. Afterward, the housing authority plans to abandon the 12-unit Blackburn apartment complex at Martin Luther King Drive and 14th Street.

The project cost, just over $4 million, will be covered by a $2.62 million stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the rest from federal replacement housing funds, Floyd said.