downtown redevelopment

Owensboro Convention Center

Construction on a new hotel in downtown Owensboro will begin next summer. The new hotel will hold 110 to 120 rooms. The Owensboro Messenger Inquirer reports it will bring the number of rooms within a block of the convention center to about four hundred.

One of the project’s partners, Jack Wells, said the brand of the new hotel will be announced in a few months. The project should includes up to 160 new apartments but those plans are flexible. Wells said the estimated cost will be more than $33 million. He expects construction to be complete in the summer of 2018.

Owensboro's Smothers Park Ready for Grand Reopening

Aug 23, 2012

A three-day celebration gets underway Thursday evening in Owensboro as the city reopens Smothers Park, a major part of a years-long downtown revitalization effort. The Col. Charles E. Shelton memorial is being rededicated at 7 p.m.

Kevin Willis

The man in charge of getting a downtown Owensboro park ready for its official unveiling next month says the project will be completed on time. Project manager Ted Lolley told the Messenger-Inquirer workers will likely be putting the finishing touches on the project the night before the grand reopening.