JASPER, IN (WFIE) - Monday marked another step forward in revitalizing the downtown area in Jasper with the demolition of the old Hoosier Desk Building.
The demolition was the first step in building the brand new Thyen-Clark Cultural Center which will combine the Jasper Public Library and the Arts Center.
"We weren't kidding around," said Christine Golden the director of the Jasper Public Library. "This is really happening and in two years from now, less than two years, you're going to see a beautiful, new, 60,000 square foot facility here that our entire, not only Jasper's going to enjoy, but the entire community and region will be able to enjoy."
The combination of the arts center and the public library is unique, according to officials. Not just in the state of Indiana, but all across the nation.
Golden says that the new building will be a place for people to gather, meet, and discuss topics while also offering a place for children to grow and learn.
"In two years from now we're going to have a wonderful new arts center and a wonderful new library that these kids are never going to know what all took place to make this happen, but they're going to be proud of what we have," Golden said.
Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz said he was excited by the prospect of this new meeting place creating what he called "Third Space."
"Where you actually gather to kind of share information, maybe randomly meet people in the fact that you didn't know that you were interested in a business, but you're doing research, and we see a lot of that taking place," Seitz said.
The project is expected to be completed in 2020.