Preservationist 2018-02-11T00:57:42+00:00

McCracken County has a lot to offer and Paducah is poised to be one of the greatest cities around. Our unique historic character is a defining asset that we should protect. With partners, I have restored 6 historic structures, one of which is in downtown Paducah.

Our second downtown Henderson building project

A big part of the beauty, uniqueness, and vibrancy of a town like Paducah lies in the preservation of its historic structures. Our old buildings not only give homes to businesses, but they also house our pasts and our traditions, and whenever possible, should be maintained for future generations.

Twenty years ago, while practicing law in Henderson, Kentucky, my big brother, Greg Jones, a great friend of ours from church, David Todd, and I decided to try and buy an old theater building in downtown Henderson. The building was five stories tall with a jittery elevator and bad parking lot. Greg, David and I were in our thirties. Our father, Paul Jones, had just retired from working at a local power company. He joined us in our venture probably out of fatherly concern and because we needed a fourth investor to pull together the down payment.

After the purchase, we spent weekends pulling up carpet, painting walls, fixing an old elevator, etc. A few years later, in the process of selling part of the old parking lot, we acquired some additional buildings and resorted to the same weekend behavior with additional downtown buildings. Through a collaborative effort of all, it has worked out. Fortunately for us, my brother continues to live and work in Henderson. He does what big brothers do, take care of things. As of today, that little investment group of thirty-something amateurs has renovated four downtown buildings that now serve as home to about twenty downtown businesses.

I got the preservation bug again in 2010. With our law firm being in downtown and in need of expansion, my law partner, Rick Walter and I embarked on renovating 412 Broadway and joining it to the building he had previously remodeled.

As the Economic Development Director for Henderson County in the 1990s, I had the opportunity to support Eddie Jones and his brother Greg in the restoration and renovation of two (2) large downtown office buildings. It pleases me to see that both of those renovations were successful and now serve as office locations for numerous employees who work in downtown Henderson. I believe the knowledge and understanding gained from these type of experiences will help make Eddie Jones a quality county commissioner.

Tom Arenson, Past Economic Development Director