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The next phase of the joint building project between the Jasper Public Library Board and the Jasper Arts Commission is underway. This building project is the ongoing vision of potentially revitalizing the Hoosier Desk building into the Jasper Cultural Center.

Thursday afternoon the Jasper Public Library Board reviewed the building project among other business of discussion. The Library Board concluded that the next step would be to conduct an on-sight interview with the private developer who submitted a proposal on February 1st. That private developer was identified as Cities Property Group of Louisville.

Library Director Christine Golden reiterated, that on Feb. 2nd a separate meeting took place with a Special Committee consisting of both members of the Jasper Library Board and Jasper Arts Commission that was established to review proposals submitted by private developers. Next, the Special Committee will conduct the on-sight interview with Cities Property Group.

On Feb. 16th the committee will travel to Louisville to have a closer view of what building experience Cities Property Group has to offer. Since this is only an interview for this private developer, the decision of which firm will be chosen is set for discussion on March 1st.

In other business yesterday, Jasper Library Board President, Dean Vonderheide, mentioned the rising opportunity for professional development that the Library board and other Jasper community leaders can take part in.

Vonderheide says that several community leaders will be invited such as members of the Jasper city council, the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, Redevelop Old Jasper Coalition among others. Vonderheide says that each session is limited to 20 participants and the Jasper Public Library will be one of the sponsors for bringing Drew Lacik in as a guest speaker that would be part of the library’s adult programming.

Vonderheide says that in previous presentations Lacik has highlighted Jasper as a model community.

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