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Gabe's Tower could open this time next year

Developers say heavy construction will start January 2nd, and could take 9 to 10 months to complete. It will reopen as a 120 room hotel, with a steakhouse, bar, and banquet room.
Dripping water, an emergency cone, and caution tape. These are the sights that make up Gabe's Tower, but in a year from now developers say it will be a thriving landmark in Owensboro. "It's going to be a chore. Every floor is going to be gutted top to bottom all electrical, plumbing, everything is being taken out and being fully replaced," said Bruce Jones of Professional Hospitality Services.
  
 Jones says the new hotel will also need more parking spaces, presumably to come from the adjacent shopping center. "We're looking for about 160 parking spaces total." Right now they fall about 100 spaces short of that, but developers aren't alone in the renovation project, city officials are helping out. "They're working with us with disposal fees, and dumping fees have all been waived at the county dump for us. They're working with us on parking, they're working with us on just about anything we need," said Jones.
   
120 rooms, a steakhouse, bar, and banquet hall will not only give Gabe's Tower a second chance at life, but the entire area. "We believe we can revitalize the area down here," said Jones. "This is the catalyst for the redevlopment of this part of our community and that's why we're so excited about it," said Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne.
   
Within eyesight of the top of the tower is Bullets Pawn, one of many pawn shops in the Triplett Street area that could see some redevelopment soon. "We're excited to get it up and running again," said Ava Pharris. She says what's good for the hotel is good for surrounding businesses, and beyond. "We're also hoping that it will revitalize that neighborhood, and it needs it."
   
A specific plan for redeveloping the Triplett Street area is not available, but Mayor Payne says it is next on the list in revitalizing Owensboro.

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