By LEANN BURKE by Dubois County Herald
lburke@dcherald.com

JASPER — The City of Jasper has a new street: River Centre Landing.

The Jasper Board of Public Works voted today to rename the section of Second Street that connects Main and Jackson streets near the River Centre development River Centre Landing.

The development is located at the old Jasper Cabinet property on the north bank of the Patoka River behind the Spirit of Jasper train depot. The section of Second Street affected by the name change is located a block south of the rest of Second Street, which runs west from its intersection with Newton Street. The name change will not cause any current residents to need a new address as no one lives along the renamed section.

Once the development is complete, River Centre Landing will stretch through the development — which includes a mixed-use building and a hotel — to link with Third Avenue.

“The old property just had rock and you kind of drove where you wanted to drive and park where you wanted to park,” Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz said.

Traffic patterns at the future intersection of River Centre Landing and Third Avenue have been taken into account, City Engineer Chad Hurm said, and motorists will only be allowed right turns in or out of the development at that intersection.

River Centre Landing is planned to be a two-way street, and changes to the railroad that will accommodate that width are in the works. Rather than the current railroad structure that is gravel, railroad ties and rails, the track will be entombed in concrete, which will take up less space.

Once completed, the development will include more than 75 apartments, retail space, improvements to the surrounding riverbank and roads, over 200 parking spaces and the 84-room Fairfield Inn and Suites that will be managed by General Hotels Corporation of Indianapolis. The hotel is set to open this summer.

In November, the roughly $30 million project’s developer, Jane Hendrickson of Indianapolis-based Boxer Girl LLC, said she expected to make an announcement about the tenants for the retail spaces soon and that the possible tenants she’s been in talks with are a mixture of local and regional restaurant and retail businesses.

Hendrickson announced the plans for River Centre in October 2015, and work on the development began with demolition in February. A groundbreaking ceremony for the hotel was held in October. The hotel is scheduled to open this summer, with the rest of the development opening in 2019.

River Centre is one of 19 public and private projects underway in Jasper. Altogether, Mayor Terry Seitz estimates the projects total over $200 million of investment in the city. Citizens can access more information about all the projects through the “Mapping Jasper’s Progress” link on the city’s website, jasperindiana.gov.