Jasper Centre Proposed For Former Cabinet Factory Site

JASPER (NNDC) – “I like it, a lot!”  That’s how Jasper city councilman Kevin Manley described the conceptual plans for a Jasper River Centre proposed for the former Jasper Cabinet factory along the Patoka River.

At Wednesday’s Jasper City Council meeting, developer Jane Hendrickson, of Boxer Girl LLC, announced plans for the $26 million project that would turn the property, now cluttered with building’s falling into disrepair, into a complex featuring a new hotel, office and retail space as well as apartments.

Plans are to begin construction in 2017 and be completed in early 2018.  CLICK HERE FOR THE BOXER GIRL, LLC PRESENTATION

Manley says the development would be a great addition to the downtown riverfront and to Jasper.  He says, “We need another hotel, especially with issues two of current hotels are having right now.”

Wednesday night, the city council did approve the formation of a new TIF (Tax Increment Financing) district with Tom Schmidt making the initial motion to approve it.  For years, Schmidt has been vocal about tearing down the remaining buildings of Jasper Cabinet as they have become “suck an eyesore, it’s embarrassing!”

No word yet on what hotel “brand” will be part of the hotel part of the proposed Jasper Centre.   James Dora, Jr., President and CEO of General Hotels Corporation was at Wednesday night’s city council meeting.

Meanwhile, Manley says now that a TIF district has been approved for the Jasper Centre project, he plans to readdress the earlier TIF district approved by the council.  Though he was concerned about that district’s size (encompassing most of Jasper’s manufacturing areas), Manley says he’s still concerned the TIF district that was approved in March is too big to properly manage.

He says, “I want to get the TIF districts right.”  He went on to say, “We have some great opportunities here, I just want to make sure we don’t miss opportunities to increase revenue for the city.”


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