Developer hopes River Centre will ‘be a destination’

Photos by Kaiti Sullivan/The Herald
Construction crews work on the new River Centre building in Jasper on Thursday. The building will host retail, office and residential space beside the Patoka River.

By ALLEN LAMAN
alaman@dcherald.com

JASPER — With the final leg of work ongoing at the site of the Jasper River Centre, the leader of the upcoming project gave a presentation on Thursday updating the Jasper Rotary Club of the project’s progress.

Jane Hendrickson — owner of Boxer Girl, the River Centre’s developer — told attendees at Thursday’s meeting that the mixed retail and residential development is targeting a March 2020 opening.

“I think it will, at the end of the day, be an asset that all of you will be very proud of,” Hendrickson told the crowd. “I think it’s going to be a destination. Whether we talk about it or believe it, it’s gonna happen. And I know that Jasper will never be the same after River Centre.”

Located inside the old Jasper Cabinet building off Third Avenue, the River Centre will host three restaurants and a handful of other shops on the ground level.

Construction crews work on the new River Centre building in Jasper on Thursday. The building will host retail, office and residential space beside the Patoka River.

Seventy-six apartments will take shape on the second and third floors — set up with 20 floor plans. Those apartments range from studios to two-bedroom living quarters. The average cost of those spaces is about $1.50 per month per square foot, ranging from $550 to more than $2,200, depending on the layout.

“Slam dunks,” Hendrickson said of the apartments. She added that they have already received “great, great reviews.”

The roof of the building will host a bar, and already-announced businesses moving into the first floor commercial spaces include St. Benedict’s Brew Works, FitFuel and Fueled Strength Meals, and Joelle + Co.
The businesses that will fill the remaining spaces will be announced in January or early February. The exact number that will be housed in the development has not been determined and is dependent upon how the space is broken up.

“We’ve got a lot of interest for a hair salon, for coffee, for ice cream,” Hendrickson said. “But we don’t have a restaurant yet. And that’s the key to the destination definition in my opinion.”

Construction crews work on the new River Centre building in Jasper on Thursday. The building will host retail, office and residential space beside the Patoka River.


The group will advertise the open retail space at a brokerage house out of Indianapolis in hopes of finding a tenant, Hendrickson said. They will go outside of the region to find a taker.

“We’d like to have three restaurants there besides St. Benedict’s,” she explained. “And that would all go there in the front area that’s [in] the new building that’s got the high ceilings.”

The rooftop bar is also positioned to become a highlight of the building.

“You can see for miles and miles up there,” Hendrickson said. “And it is really breathtaking. And it’s about 5,000 square feet, so it’s gonna be a nice area to be able to rent out.”

Businesses interested in occupying retail space at the River Centre or readers wanting to rent an apartment are encouraged to contact Boxer Girl at 317-670-6329. More information can also be found at jasperrivercentre.com.




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