BG City Commission discusses plans for property purchases, city employee payment

City Commission Meeting discussing purchase of three properties
Published: Jun. 7, 2022 at 11:00 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - The Bowling Green City Commission could be purchasing three different properties in the city.

One at 533 E. 2nd Avenue, one at 136 State Street, and the Southern Queen Hotel at 140 State Street.

The hotel once served as a boarding house-rooming house for African-American travelers and entertainers, during segregation.

“There’s a tremendous amount of history that goes into this property,” said Brent Childers, the Director of Neighborhood and Community Services, adding that the current property owners have agreed to sell the property to the city.

He also added that it would take a “tremendous amount of work” to bring the property back to what it once was.

The city also discussed how it would hand out premium pay for existing essential city employees that worked during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The city said it received $16.45 million through the American Rescue Plan, which will help cover the cost of the premium pay.

Regular city commission meetings are held at 4:30 p.m., on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

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