Priority Action Item - Housing

Objective - Housing

house iconContinued investment in the improvement of our housing stock to help grow our community.

Note: This was also a 2021 and 2022 City Commission Priority.

Key Departments


Housing Priority Details

Expectations and Tactics
  • Collaborate with McCracken County to update the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Enhance staff and elected officials coordination and communications for new housing developments.
  • Focus on public education for new housing developments.
  • Increase density filling City-owned vacant lots.
Accomplishments - 2021 to Present

Dunlap Apartments/Jetton Schoolhouse Redevelopment Project  The City is providing $100,000 in roofing assistance for this private project, Dunlap Apartments, to renovate the former schoolhouse.

Homeless and Transitional Shelters  Collecting data and reviewing existing programs for homeless shelters and transitional housing. Mayor Bray and staff held preliminary conversations with stakeholders. Providing funds through the grant-in-aid application program to support the Salvation Army’s feasibility study for transitional housing. 

Housing Incentive  Staff is researching case studies on providing housing incentives. City staff has held discussions with developers interested in providing housing stock for Southside neighborhoods. Staff also is developing an incentive program for residential stabilization and beautification grant opportunities. Staff met with the Southside Steering Committee in December 2022 and January 2023 to gather feedback.

Neighborhood Surveys  Initiated Northside Residential District Survey as part of the process to place the Northside Neighborhood on the National Registry for tax incentives. Completed 18 (out of 50) neighborhood/housing surveys with four in process as part of the Comprehensive Plan updates.

Ordinance Updates  Amended zoning ordinance to allow multi-family housing in the H-2 zone (Lowertown). Also updated zoning ordinance to provide regulations for short-term rentals and cottage homes.

Paducah Alliance of Neighbors  Paducah Alliance completed the construction of three homes in Fountain Avenue Neighborhood near the Health Park. Paducah Alliance is continuing its efforts to become a Community Development Corporation. In July (2021), the City transferred a vacant lot at 513 North 14th Street to Midtown Alliance for the construction of a single-family home. Additionally, the City transferred property to Habitat for Humanity for a new home site. Paducah Alliance is working with the Housing Authority of Paducah to secure financing and plans for new housing in the Jetton Neighborhood.

Planning Commission - Housing  During 2022, the Paducah Planning Commission approved 196 multi-family units and 56 residential lots for single-family homes.

Surplus Properties  The City's surplus properties and foreclosure properties have been mapped for future development consideration. Several surplus properties were transferred in 2021 and 2022 including 1039 Madison Street, 1011 Broadway, 1243 North 13th Street, 832 North 7th, 836 North 7th, 626 Boyd, 1404 Madison Street, and 4524 Buckner Lane. The City advertised 92 surplus property parcels for redevelopment in May 2022. To encourage redevelopment and the construction of homes, the City is providing house plans at no charge with a surplus property transfer.

Commission Priorities

Read all Commission Priorities and Continuous Improvement Items including each action item's objective, key departments, and expectations by visiting Commission Priorities.