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Fishers dangles possible tax break to lure unnamed prospect

July 8, 2014
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An unidentified company may take over a vacant distribution facility in Fishers, spurring town leaders to begin the process of making the property eligible for a tax abatement.
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Commuter bus operator seeks extra funding for Fishers, Carmel service

July 8, 2014
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The $5 Hamilton County commuters pay to ride the Indy Express bus to or from downtown isn’t enough to sustain the route, the operator told Fishers Town Council during a Monday work session.
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Dems won't field candidate for Fishers mayor

July 2, 2014
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Hamilton County Democrats have appointed four candidates to fill vacancies on the November ballot, but the party will not have a contender in Fishers’ first mayoral race.
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Private foundation planning Carmel HQ

June 27, 2014
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Indianapolis-based Liberty Fund plans to build a campus-like headquarters on the Meridian Street office corridor in Carmel—if officials approve a couple of notable exceptions to the city’s development guidelines for the area.
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Fishers banquet hall set for sheriff's sale; owner cites 'technical problem'

June 26, 2014
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A stand-alone banquet and conference center in Fishers is scheduled to go on the block at a July 17 sheriff’s sale, but its owners say that’s a mistake they hope to resolve before then.
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Westfield nears decision on iconic towers along U.S. 31

June 24, 2014
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Westfield City Council is considering a nearly $3 million plan to erect a pair of “landmark” towers at U.S. 31 and State Road 32, considered a key gateway to the growing community.
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Reflections of a recent (HCLA) graduate ...

June 23, 2014
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At least once a month for the past year or so, my husband has asked me the same question: “So, are you a leader yet?”
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Fishers' Depot lands Charlotte pizza chain as anchor tenant

June 20, 2014
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North Carolina-based Brixx Wood Fired Pizza has signed on as the anchor tenant in The Depot at Nickel Plate, a $42 million apartment-and-retail project under construction in downtown Fishers.
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City seeks to keep Carmel's Monon Greenway green

June 20, 2014
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Carmel wants to rezone more than 130 properties along the Monon Greenway north of 96th Street, a move leaders say will protect the tree-lined trail from future development. Neighbors aren't convinced.
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Non-chain eatery sets sights on former Glass Chimney site in Carmel

June 19, 2014
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An independent restaurant owner plans to take over the vacant Glass Chimney building on Carmel's Old Meridian Street, transforming it into a family eatery with two outdoor dining areas.
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Ferris wheel, beer garden (and youth sports) on tap for Westfield grand opening

June 18, 2014
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Nearly 350,000 visitors have lined the fields at Westfield’s Grand Park Sports Campus since competition kicked off this spring, and now the city is hosting a three-day grand-opening celebration that promises to live up to the description.
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Moving historic Fishers house from development site could cost $100K

June 17, 2014
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Slated for demolition last week, the historic Flanagan House in Fishers has been granted a reprieve—at least for the time being.
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Town waives fees to accelerate $17.6M senior-living project

June 16, 2014
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Fishers will forgive as much as $300,000 in development fees to get a $17.6 million expansion project started by Aug. 1.
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Sundown Gardens moving from Carmel to Westfield

June 13, 2014
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Longtime Carmel garden center Sundown Gardens is transplanting its operations to Westfield, where it’s planning an outdoor showroom and an agritourism-focused retail area.
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Westfield schools sign Riverview as health provider, stadium sponsor

June 11, 2014
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Westfield Washington Schools has landed a 10-year, $1.2 million sponsor for the 5,000-seat football stadium it’s building at Westfield High School.
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Biotech firm Algaeon plans $25M lab in Westfield

June 10, 2014
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Indianapolis-based Algaeon Inc. plans to move its algae-growing operation to Westfield, investing $25 million and adding 25 jobs over the next five years. The biotech firm is seeking to phase in personal property taxes while it ramps up production.
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New name, same game for big Fishers employer

June 9, 2014
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Sallie Mae's loan-servicing operation in Fishers has a new name and a new look. Navient employs about 2,300 Hoosiers, including more than 1,400 in Hamilton County.
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Concert season drives business to Klipsch Music Center neighbors

June 9, 2014
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When crowds flock to Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, nearby businesses notice—and hope to cash in.
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Conner Prairie seeks funding to keep balloon ride flying

June 6, 2014
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By the end of Conner Prairie’s 2014 season, about 100,000 people will have taken to the skies in its tethered helium balloon—a high-flying attraction that soared to landmark status soon after it debuted five years ago.
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County continues to build case for State Road 37 overhaul

June 5, 2014
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Hamilton County officials are circling the wagons to prepare for negotiations over the future of State Road 37.
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Home-A-Rama shows off luxury housing in Westfield

June 4, 2014
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Less than a year after resurrecting its custom-home showcase, the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis opens the doors to its 2014 event today in Westfield’s tony Brookside neighborhood—signaling the return of high-end housing.
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Long-vacant Carmel restaurant to become pet center

May 30, 2014
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Plans are in the works to transform the former Lotus Garden restaurant in Carmel into a veterinary clinic with a pet spa, boarding facilities and a future bark park.
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Developer plans housing on former Carmel golf course

May 27, 2014
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Carmel-based Old Town Development LLC is planning to transform the former Sunrise Golf Club into a residential community targeting empty nesters.
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Apartments may be added to Noblesville mixed-use project

May 23, 2014
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The developer of a commercial project planned at State Road 37 and 146th Street is seeking a zoning change to add a 350-unit apartment complex to the mix.
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Developer seeks tax break for $11M medical office building in Fishers

May 19, 2014
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Indianapolis-based Cornerstone Cos. Inc. is working on plans for an $11 million medical office building near St. Vincent and IU Health hospitals in Fishers.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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