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"Jasper is the gem of Indiana and Downtown Jasper is the setting."
- Mayor Terry Seitz

Jasper Is Investing In Quality of Place!

These terms describe Jasper's downtown which emphasizes hometown ownership, deep roots and an eagerness for new ideas and methods. Downtown Jasper encompasses an area bound by Central Green on the west to the Patoka River on the east; from the Schnitzelbank German Restaurant through the Riverfront on the south to the Jasper Public Library on the north.

Within this area lies our civic institutions - the Dubois County Courthouse on the Square, Jasper City Hall and our United States Post Office.  It is truly a mixed use environment with the oldest office furniture plant in the nation, Jasper Desk Company, operating in proximity to the Jasper Police and Fire Departments with retail stores nearby.

Over the last 15 years, our city has benefited from major investments in downtown - both private and public - and from citizen-led groups such as Redevelop Old Jasper Action Coalition (ROJAC), Patoka 2000, the Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association and the Jasper Chamber of Commerce.  Together, these organizations and their volunteers have made this important part of Jasper an ever-changing destination for wellness, shopping and entertainment.  These efforts have led to the Jasper City Mill, a built-to-scale Train Depot, the Jasper Riverwalk and Dave Buehler Plaza and the Spirit of Jasper Luxury Excursion Train.  Recently, a 100-year old one room school house was disassembled and rebuilt next to the Schaeffer Barn.  Both help preserve and share our city’s rich history.

The 2013 Downtown/Riverfront Master Plan has led to a significant number of major redevelopment projects combining public, private and philanthropic investments to expand upon the riverfront improvements while addressing housing needs.

The Jasper Cultural Center

The City of Jasper, its Community Arts Commission and the Jasper Public Library Board are engaged in redeveloping the Hoosier Desk site at 3rd & Mill into the Jasper Cultural Center – home to the Jasper Arts and the Jasper Public Library.  This major regional attraction will feed the community’s need for critical thinking and research to sustain and grow our economy while serving as a gathering place for residents and visitors. The project involved multiple funding sources including ongoing gifts totaling more than $4.5M from private donations via Jasper LEADs (a capital campaign focused on the Library, Enrichment, Arts and Downtown). Groundbreaking is expected to occur in late summer 2018.

River Centre

Across the street lies the River Centre, a mixed used development by Boxer Girl, LLC of Indianapolis on the former Jasper Cabinet Company property. Already under construction with a new build by partner, General Hotels Corporation, is a Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites.  The old factory will become a retail and commercial center with 75 loft apartments – the first of their kind in Jasper – on the second and third floors. Visit: http://boxergirlllc.com/portfolio-river-centre/ 

The Astra

Through a tremendous amount of time, effort, and fundraising, a not-for-profit called The Next Act endowed then purchased The Astra Theatre, an historic movie theater on the Downtown Courthouse Square which ceased operation almost 20 years ago.  With the help of over a million dollars of private contributions and a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) The Astra has been completely remodeled and will reopen with a variety of programming in the Spring of 2018!

Vine Street Lofts

In yet another repurposing of former industrial space, Miller Valentine of Cincinnati is renovating the old Jasper Wood Products/Monster Recycling property at 13th & Vine in our near Downtown.  This will become Vine Street Lofts Senior Living with 62 apartments.

Jasper Lofts

Across the street from Vine Street Lofts, and already opened, is Jasper Lofts located in the former JOFCO plant featuring 67 workforce housing units.

To view more information on these projects, view the city’s Story Map.

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