CVB center not likely to move

It looks like the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau is going to stay put at 215 E. Second St.

Earlier this year, city officials were talking about moving the agency to the second or third floor of the new Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Museum when it opens at Second and Frederica streets in October.

The idea was to increase revenue for the museum.

Museum plans had called for a restaurant on the third floor, but, so far, the museum hasn’t been able to attract a restaurant.

The CVB has yet to agree to that plan.

And at its meeting this week, the agency decided to stop discussing the move.

“We asked for a proposal in January,” Mark Calitri, CVB president, said at the meeting. “We still haven’t received one. We haven’t been told what the rent would be, what the cost of getting the space ready would be, how long the lease would be and what we would get for our building.”

Chris Joslin, executive director of the hall of fame and museum, couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday.

Ruth Ann Dearness, board chairwoman, was attending her last meeting before rotating off the board.

“It would be terribly irresponsible for us to do it at this point,” she said.

Kyle Aud, the newly elected chairman, agreed.

In 1996, what was then the Owensboro-Daviess County Tourist Commission voted to buy the two buildings at 213-215 E. Second St. from the city for a visitor information center.

The deal said the tourist commission would pay the city $240,000 over the next 20 years and spend close to $500,000 renovating the two buildings and making them one.

The visitor center opened in May 1997.

The Daviess County Property Valuation Administrator’s website said the building at 215 E. Second St. would be valued at $560,900 if it were privately owned.

And most downtown property these days is selling above the assessed value.

Messenger-Inquirer article written by Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301, [email protected]