New chapter planned for Owensboro's iconic Gabe's Tower

New chapter planned for Owensboro's iconic Gabe's Tower
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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - We have a new development in the future of Gabe's Tower in Owensboro.

The leader of a Bowling Green-based veterans resource center Ron Georgette says he plans to transform the iconic property into a multi-use veterans living facility. Georgette is US Army Veteran.

He came to Owensboro to speak during Tuesday night city commission meeting. He told 14 News he walked away scratching his head.

"When you propose something like that, people want to see what your plan is or what your strategy is. And there was really none of that," Georgette recalled.

Georgette is the founder of Operation Stand Down Kentucky.

He says he has serious plans for Gabe's Tower of which including making it the non-profit's headquarters.

Georgette added he has worked with homeless veterans for several years and claims to have helped them move out of Owensboro and Daviess County because of what he calls a lack of services to help them in the region.

He also explained a partnership with Kentucky Habitat for Humanity and Kentucky Housing Corporation would help veterans get a "vet voucher."

If this purchase comes to fruition, Georgette plans on providing affordable housing, assisted living, hospice care, reintegration services, and transitional housing for those veterans.

"We are ready to start on this now. We have Home Depot on board with us; we have a lot of people who are interested in getting in on this project," Georgette added.

We called Owensboro Mayor Tom Watson. He says he can't publicly comment on the issue because of an ongoing lawsuit between Gabe's Tower current owner Bob Zimmerman and the city.

Watson added he even had to stop the discussion during Tuesday night's meeting.

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