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

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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 Dunlap, which comes from Paducah educator and librarian Mollie E. Dunlap.

Once the project is complete, the city said Dunlap will include 42 affordable housing units as well as a revitalized symphony hall and music academy.

“The need for more affordable housing in Paducah and across our country is well documented and is critical to attracting and retaining the diverse workforce necessary for the growth of communities and Paducah has a rich artistic heritage and we are proud to play. a role in restoring such a beautiful building in this vibrant community, ”said Jacob Brown, Founder and Director of Marian Development Group.

The former Walter C. Jetton School was built in 1920, serving as an educational facility until 1980 when education ended and the building began to host community functions and cultural events.

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

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

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra will return to the Symphony Hall space where it will use the Symphony Hall basement 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 hosting affordable concerts in the restored symphony hall.

The City of Paducah said the $ 14 million development funding came from low-income housing tax credits provided by the Kentucky Housing Corporation, historic rehabilitation tax credits, loans to traditional construction and fixed assets provided by PNC Bank and a roof grant for the town of Paducah.

The renovation of the Dunlap is expected to be completed in 2022.

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