The local economic development group Dubois Strong recently released updates on housing development in Dubois County.
Affordable housing was identified as a sticking point in attracting new employees to the area through a study began in 2014. From that study, Dubois Strong determined housing was a critical area of focus for their strategic plan is to help local employers attract and retain workforce.
Since then, approximately 70 new housing units (apartments and homes) have been constructed and over 686 are in progress or planning stages in each of the larger municipalities of Dubois County.
Ferdinand is increasing its opportunities for affordable rental options. Completed in 2015 were 8 workforce apartments renovated and constructed by Promising Properties.
Streicher Construction of Jasper, assisted by Indianapolis-developer Milestone Ventures Inc., completed a senior housing development in 2016. Benet Hall, the former residence hall for sisters at the monastery, now consists of 15 two-bedroom units. The complex is managed and sustained by Valenti Real Estate Services.
Begle Properties are in the progress of constructing a 54-unit apartment complex near Industrial Park Road on Ferdinand’s north end. The project consists of four separate buildings — three 12-unit buildings and a single 18-unit building. In addition to the large apartment complex, they are finishing up 2 duplexes as part of a project that was started in 2015.
“We’ve finally made a start with some strong interest into residential housing that we haven’t seen in the recent past outside of one or two homes,” Ferdinand Town Council President Ken Sicard said.
The Lofts at St. Joseph’s is accepting applications and is helping meet the demand for senior housing in Huntingburg. Completed in 2016, the new community features 45 new sizable apartment homes with one- and two-bedrooms intended for tenants 55 and over. All homes incorporate modern amenities at an affordable rent. For availability call (812) 809-4213.
Miller-Valentine Group and TRI-CAP completed the Lofts at St. Joseph development, along with their partners, the Indiana Housing Community Development Authority, Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, City of Huntingburg, Dubois County and Old National Bank.
An Indianapolis-based developer, Boxer Girl LLC, has projects in progress in Huntingburg for 2017. Phase I of Hunters Crossing is underway off of Chestnut Street. Phase I consists of 50 single-family units. An average home in the new development will consist of three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage on 1,500 square feet. Phase II will be 94 additional single-family units with comparable spaces.
A new development proposed for downtown Huntingburg is in the planning stages. The project is part of the Stellar Communities Designation and will be designed to meet the demand for quality, affordable rental properties for the growing Dubois County workforce. The apartments will be high-efficiency, with one-bedroom or two-bedrooms varying in size and shape.
“These projects are fundamental since they are meeting the county’s needs for affordable workforce housing,” said Mayor Denny Spinner. “By increasing the available housing in Huntingburg, we can draw the workforce that is greatly desired by every industry in the county.”
Jasper Lofts Phase I is now leasing according to developer Miller-Valentine of Cincinnati. The development will have 60 to 70 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in the former JOFCO furniture manufacturing plant at 402 E. 13th St. The living spaces will incorporate a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with new energy-efficient appliances and a breakfast bar/island, central air conditioning and a laundry room with a washer and dryer. Other conveniences will be offered, including a first-floor lounge, an indoor playground, business center, media room, fitness center, outdoor picnic area and outdoor playground. The project expansion, Jasper Lofts II, will add another 44 apartments. Rental inquiries may be made online at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 844-784.1112.
An additional factory transformation by the Miller-Valentine Group is the Vine Street Lofts project. The former Jasper Wood Products building, across from Jasper Lofts, will be transformed into 62 apartments for citizens who are 55 and older. The actual designs for these projects have not yet been completed.
River Centre, LLC, now owns the former Jasper Cabinet Company property along the Patoka River near the Jasper Train Depot. Demolition has already begun on the new development. Plans for hte multi-use site include a multi-story hotel and 75 one- and two-bedroom apartments on the second and third floors of the River Centre along with commercial space in the ground floor.
There is consideration for private urban loft housing as a part of the Jasper Cultural Center project being developed by City Properties Group for the Jasper Arts and Jasper Public Library. The library now owns the former Hoosier Desk industrial site.
“Developers are delivering housing opportunities all across the City of Jasper”, says Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz. “From traditional single family homes at various price points, to urban lofts, to workforce housing, to seniors, all parties are responding positively to our vision and the opportunities it created for Jasper and Dubois County. We want people to live here as well as work here.”
There are also several local developers and contractors in the county working to increase available housing units. Kerstiens Development has plans to transform the former 30th Street Park in Jasper into a mix of townhouses and one- and two-bedroom apartments. Kerstiens is also planning 23 lots with single-family homes for the Trinity Crossing development as well as partnering with KAKB LLC to start construction on Brookstone Estates VI development, a 13-lot subdivision. Reinbrecht Homes continues to build homes on lots developed in the Timber Creek development on Jasper’s west side.