Construction is underway at RomWeber Flats, a downtown apartment complex for those 55 and up. Saner said, “We’re hoping phase 2 (which will offer assisted living services) is equally as successful as phase 1.”
Some businesses have changed locations or sizes. Cook Performance is now located where Crafts and Occasions used to be. Joan’s T-shirts has expanded into the former Cook Performance space.
Once the Voegele façade is completed at Main and Boehringer streets, Miss Shannon’s Music Studio will expand into half of the first floor. The Turquoise Hen, a small women’s boutique shop now located in the back of Christian’s Kinder Laden, may have its own spot in the future.
Closer to the interstate, Batesville Dental and Pizza Hut are open and Steak ‘n Shake’s grand opening is set for Jan. 23.
On the status tracker, eight empty buildings and one lot for sale were listed as “stalled.”
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Will Batesville become a food hub? • The mayor said, "We're just looking for some creative things we can do in the downtown area" to make it a destination for area shoppers. One idea came from a Hancock County Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service educator. Roy Ballard suggested to city leaders that Batesville could become a virtual food hub. "Hancock did it. The university is looking for other communities," according to Lamping. • She explained a hub "brings together the local food growers and creates an opportunity for them to sell their wares online." A consumer places an order, then picks it up at a Hancock County location. The business was established with grant money, but is working at being self-sufficient. "It really has to have community buy-in." Hancock County farmers told Batesville leaders their produce travels as far as Carmel and Noblesville. • At hoosierharvestmarket.com, persons can buy everything from chocolates and blue popcorn to cheese and beef, but the hub doesn't have a commercial kitchen yet where producers can package and sell commercial items, such as salsa. Some farmers are making goods such as cherry amaretto preserves and persimmon pulp elsewhere.