For years, much of the attention in the Triplett Twist neighborhood focused on Gabe's Tower. While its future has yet to be finalized, the work to revitalize the rest of the neighborhood goes on.
Near Gabe's Tower, which changed ownership, its neighboring shopping center will have a new owner too.
"This is, kind of, the heart of Owensboro," says Adam Patterson of Ohio Valley Roofing, who is about to finalize a deal for Gabe's Shopping Center for $1.2 million. He plans to upgrade the center, adding a new facade, repaving the parking lot, and add a new church in its empty space.
"It's going to look like a brand new place Owensboro is going to be proud of," he says. Patterson says current leases with current tenants will be honored. The deal happens as the Triplett Twist neighborhood changes bit by bit.
"Just like the city's kept their word on Germantown and other areas that they've revitalized, the downtown area, I believe they'll do the same thing here, and I want to be a part of that," says Patterson.
City Community Development Director Abby Shelton says several businesses have done, or plan to make upgrades from new signs to exterior work in the past year. Community block and home grants, totaling nearly $600,000, will be used for up to 30 upcoming projects across the neighborhood, including on paving and landscaping.
"We've put quite a bit of money in to the Triplett Twist neighborhood, but I think at this point, we're seeing a turning of the tides, and the word's getting out there that we're willing to put our money where our mouth is," Shelton says.
Shelton says neither the uncertain future of Gabe's Tower, nor the ongoing debate over the city budget, will affect plans since most of the grants come from federal money.
As for the shopping center, Patterson says once the deal is finalized, he hopes to start construction here as soon as this summer.
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