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Vonderheide; “The Site Is Ours!

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Proposed Jasper Cultural Center

Jasper (NNDC) – With approval from the public in the form of a tax increase referendum to pay for it, the Jasper Library Board formally took possession of the former Hoosier Desk building Thursday.

Library Board president Dean Vonderheide shared on his personal Facebook page Thursday evening, “The site is ours!”

He continued, “We accomplished a significant milestone toward the Jasper Cultural Center (including a new library facility) becoming a reality.”

The site at 3rd and Mill streets is targeted by the Library Board for the proposed Jasper Cultural Center which will house a new public library and will be home to the Jasper Arts Commission.

Estimated cost of a completed cultural center is about $14 million.  The purchase of the building is in the cost estimate, but so called “soft costs” like architectural and design plans

The more than 100-year old former factory went out of business in 1983.  The Library Board purchased it from Sternberg Properties.  The building has been mainly used for warehousing.  A motorcycle dealership was the last tenant to operate a business there.

A referendum for half the cost of building the cultural center was passed by local voters in November by an overwelming margin.

The arts commission is waiting on final approval from the city for its half of the cost.

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