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Olson became real estate reporter in March 2013 after spending four years as online reporter for IBJ Daily. He joined IBJ in 1999 and spent three years previously at IBJ sister publication Indiana Lawyer. Scott is an Illinois native and graduate of Western Illinois University—home of the mighty Leathernecks. He spent nearly four years at a small Illinois daily newspaper before joining The Republic in Columbus, Ind., in 1994. There, he covered the “courts and cops” beat, and reported news from nearby towns by traipsing through the hinterlands of southeastern Indiana.

In his spare time, Scott enjoys reading history books, riding bicycles, running and—most importantly—watching baseball and cheering on the Chicago White Sox. Scott also serves on the Zionsville West Middle School PTO Board. He lives in Zionsville with his wife and two daughters, along with two cats and a spoiled Chihuahua.
  
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Recent Articles

Developer pitches 5-story office building for Broad Ripple

July 26, 2014
A local developer plans to build a five-story office building on the site of a closed American Legion post in Broad Ripple.
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Bar owner alleges racism in lease dispute

July 26, 2014
The owner of a nightclub in the heart of Broad Ripple believes his landlords nearly doubled his rent for just one reason: to force him and his mostly African-American clientele from the building.
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Interactive Intelligence set to break ground on $12.5M building

July 22, 2014
The 119,000-square-foot structure will be built next to the software developer's headquarters on the northwest side as part of its growth plans to add 430 employees within the next few years.
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Well-known east-side Mexican eatery closes

July 21, 2014
El Sol de Tala, a staple on East Washington Street for several decades, shut its doors earlier this month amid a court dispute between the restaurant's owner and his landlord.
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Kite CEO 'not afraid to continue to grow'

July 19, 2014
In an interview with IBJ, Kite Realty Group Trust CEO John Kite discusses the $1.2 billion acquisition of Illinois-based Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust, potential redevelopment of Pan Am Plaza and its hopes to keep a branch of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library at Glendale Town Center.
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New downtown concert venue to seat 15,000

July 16, 2014
A music amphitheater soon will take center stage on the site of the former General Motors metal-stamping plant on the western edge of downtown, sources tell IBJ.
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Ex-HHGregg manager's lawsuit grows into class-action

July 15, 2014
The lawsuit now includes 62 current and former HHGregg employees who claim they were denied incentive bonuses totaling about $5 million.
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Seventy-lot subdivision slated for Fort Harrison property

July 15, 2014
The proposed Residences of Lawrence at Fort Ben subdivision would be the first single-family project on the former army base since it closed in 1995.
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Fletcher Place gains destination status

July 12, 2014
Fletcher Place on the southeastern edge of downtown for years served as little more than a pass-through for folks traveling between downtown and Fountain Square. But the triangle-shaped historic neighborhood is starting to carve out its own identity by drawing more residents and visitors to patronize the restaurants and drinking establishments sprouting along Virginia Avenue.
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Owner of controversial Geist billboard sues city

July 11, 2014
The company is seeking nearly $1 million from the city after it was forced to remove the billboard, even though it conformed to zoning guidelines for the property.
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Recent Blog Posts

Newcomer's $25M spec project taps area's industrial muscle

July 24, 2014
A Kansas City, Mo.-based developer has broken ground on a 740,000-square-foot distribution center in Lebanon, further juicing the Indy area's status as a hot industrial market.
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Downtown roundup: BL&T, Mo's, Starbucks and Pattern

July 22, 2014
A new restaurant is set to take space at 1 N. Meridian St., Mo's is reopening and a popular Starbucks location is temporarily closed for remodeling.
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It's official: Yard House coming to Circle Centre

July 18, 2014
The Orlando-based, beer-themed chain finally has sealed a deal to take 13,460 square feet at 42 W. Maryland St. in part of the space formerly occupied by Nordstrom.
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Italian eatery Piada opening in August on northeast side

July 18, 2014

Piada Italian Street Food is set to open Aug. 22 in an outlot of The Shops at River Crossing, just east of The Fashion Mall. It will be the chain's second location in the Indy area.

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Roundup: More craft-beer pubs on tap for August

July 17, 2014
TwoDeep Brewing and HopCat set to enter the craft beer scene; a third Pizzology opening; and a retail tenant coming to Ironworks at Keystone Avenue and East 86th Street.
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