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Council delays decision on fate of Fishers tax

December 3, 2013
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Fishers’ Town Council postponed a decision on a proposed 1-percent food-and-beverage tax Monday night, tabling the measure without comment rather than carry out an expected vote. It also OK'd an incentive deal for construction firm Meyer Najem.
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Noblesville to join Fishers in ranks of second-class cities

November 27, 2013
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Noblesville Common Council members voted 5-2 Tuesday to elevate the city to second-class status effective Jan. 1, 2016, after the next municipal election.
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Mass Ave retailers about to pop up in Carmel

November 25, 2013
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A band of Mass Ave merrymakers are heading north for the holidays, opening a pop-up shop in downtown Carmel.
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Retail taking shape near Westfield sports park

November 22, 2013
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Construction is expected to begin this spring on the first retail building in Grand Park Village, the commercial hub planned for just south of Westfield’s massive youth-sports megaplex.
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Buckingham still tweaking plans for Zionsville project

November 20, 2013
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Zionsville leaders have seen “very general” architectural renderings of a mixed-use project Buckingham Cos. is planning in the heart of downtown, but a development proposal isn’t expected until early 2014.
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Councilor: $100M deal hanging on Fishers tax hike

November 19, 2013
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A private company is weighing a $100 million investment in Fishers, Town Council member Scott Faultless said Monday, but the project depends on adopting a 1-percent food-and-beverage tax that’s still the subject of heated debate.
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Developer wants Fishers to take over Saxony Beach

November 15, 2013
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Foundation work is under way for the next phase of Republic Development Corp.’s Saxony Village project, which includes a lakefront community building that it wants to turn over to the town of Fishers along with Saxony Beach.
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County to expand government center in Noblesville

November 13, 2013
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Hamilton County commissioners plan to expand the Judicial & Government Center in downtown Noblesville, easing a space crunch and keeping county offices on the courthouse square.
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Development starts long before dirt starts moving

November 11, 2013
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The growth of Carmel’s Meridian Street office corridor wasn’t a happy accident. It was city planning. Last month's Hamilton County Leadership Academy session provided an up-close look at planning and development in the fast-growing suburbs.
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Carmel eatery expanding to Westfield

November 8, 2013
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Veteran restaurateur John Perazzo is preparing to open a second location of his popular Italian eatery J. Razzo’s, on State Road 32 in Westfield.
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Ag-oriented retailer eyes new Westfield development

November 7, 2013
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Tractor Supply Co. plans to move its Westfield store next year from U.S. 31 to a new development planned for State Road 32 just east of Spring Mill Road.
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Fishers seeking public input on tax-hike proposal

November 5, 2013
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Fishers’ Town Council is convening a special meeting next week to hear what residents think of a proposal to raise the food-and-beverage tax by 1 percent to fund economic development projects.
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Pace slows, but Carmel redevelopment panel still busy

November 4, 2013
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The Carmel Redevelopment Commission has a lot to do—with or without staff support. Mayor Jim Brainard and the city's director of administration will handle the volunteer panel's day-to-day affairs for the immediate future.
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Upscale chocolatier growing into Carmel

November 1, 2013
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Chocolate for the Spirit plans to open a storefront in Carmel this month. After the holidays, master chocolatier Julie Bolejack will move production there from her Shelbyville "studio."
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County OKs long-term land lease for violence shelter

October 29, 2013
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Hamilton County Commissioners have cleared the way for an Anderson-based domestic violence shelter to build a satellite facility on county-owned land in Noblesville, assuming it can raise enough money to support the program.
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Merchants' Square stores coming down to make way for Flix Brewhouse

October 25, 2013
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Carmel’s Merchants’ Square shopping center will be getting a mini makeover thanks to coming attraction Flix Brewhouse.
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Buckingham confirms Zionsville project

October 24, 2013
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After months of radio silence on the subject, developer Buckingham Cos. acknowledged Wednesday that it’s working on plans for a mixed-use project in the heart of Zionsville.
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Sunrise Golf Club property set to hit the market

October 18, 2013
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The sun is setting on Carmel’s Sunrise Golf Club, which is scheduled to close at the end of the month following the death of a property owner.
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Fadness sets sights on Fishers' top job

October 15, 2013
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Fishers’ first mayoral race has its third candidate: Town Manager Scott Fadness.
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Bub's draws other tenants to Zionsville development

October 11, 2013
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Anticipation has been building since Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream signed on for the $3 million South Village of Zionsville West project last year. The popular restaurant could open its Boone County outpost next month. Who else is moving in?
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Fishers councilor Cox kicking off mayoral run

October 11, 2013
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Fishers Town Council member Renee Cox is set to kick off her mayoral campaign Saturday, formally announcing her candidacy after months of speculation.
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Brainard: You've got to see Carmel to believe it

October 9, 2013
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Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard painted a rosy picture of the suburban community in his State of the City speech Wednesday. Then he showed the video.
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Fishers tech firms promise to stay put, add jobs

October 8, 2013
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Two high-potential companies will stay in Fishers thanks to a pair of economic development deals the Town Council signed off on Monday.
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Government group honors two HamCo communities

October 7, 2013
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Officials in Fishers and Westfield are collecting awards Monday from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.
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Roundup: Westfield cafe closes; plus new pho, fro-yo, BBQ and baked goods

October 4, 2013
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Marlow’s Café closed in September after more than three decades on State Road 32 in Westfield, and a new restaurant is set to take over the breakfast-and-lunch spot.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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