River Centre on track for March 2020 opening

Photo courtesy River Centre Facebook


JASPER — Despite a summer of rain, construction crews are still on pace to wrap up work on the River Centre in Jasper in time for a March 2020 opening.

The mixed-use development — located along the Patoka riverfront, near the new Fairfield Inn and Suites hotel — will be home to both businesses and 76 apartments.

“It’s been really moving,” said Leslie Tegmeyer, who is the property manager at Boxer Girl LLC, the River Centre’s developer. “They want to be done in March. They’re really trying to stick to the schedule and get it done. Everyone is really working together good.”

St. Benedict’s Brew Works, FitFuel and Fueled Strength Meals, and Joelle + Co will each have a storefront in the new building. More businesses will be selected to fill the remaining spaces in the next couple months. The exact number that will be housed in the development has not been determined and is dependent upon how the space is broken up.

Tegmeyer did not name what those businesses could be, but she did note that Boxer Girl is currently in conversations with a salon. She also said her company is “out on the hunt for restaurants.”

“We’ll have the cultural center, and the train, and then all our retail and our eateries and fitness center,” she said. “And the hotel and the mill. There’s just so much activity down there at a walking distance to the Square. You really aren’t gonna need to leave Jasper. Everything’s gonna be right there.”

Tegmeyer recently finished filling out a 2020 calendar for the facility. It will include activities for the development’s residents — as well as those who aren’t living or operating inside the community’s walls.

“Our goal there, and I know we’ve said this all along, is to really be a team and a community,” Tegmeyer said. “And the plan is to not only have activities that involve our first floor retail and eateries and businesses, but also our residents and the community. Our goal is to pull everybody together of all ages.”

Some of the activities include book clubs, movie night on the lawn, and hopefully, food truck Fridays.

In recent months, construction started on the facility’s west parking lot, and drywall work and painting has started in the apartments. The restaurant area has been framed, and electrical and plumbing work has also been progressing.

More than 100 potential tenants are on a waitlist for the apartments. Readers wanting to be placed on that list and businesses interested in occupying retail space at the River Centre are encouraged to contact Boxer Girl at 317-670-6329. More information can also be found at jasperrivercentre.com.

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