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New rules aim to keep tax revenue flowing

June 10, 2013
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Officials in Fishers and Noblesville have taken steps to protect their commercial tax bases, which are  increasingly important as municipalities cope with the financial realities of the state’s property tax caps. Have they gone too far?
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Friday fun: Nickel Plate Arts Weekend

June 7, 2013
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The Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau came up with the ongoing Nickel Plate Arts initiative to support and promote arts experiences in an area stretching from Fishers to Tipton.
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Bank saves Westfield summer tradition

June 6, 2013
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With the Westfield Farmers Market out of commission for the 2013 season, a local bank is opening its parking lot to vendors on Friday evenings this summer.
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Walmart, bank, barbecue on tap for high-profile Fishers corner

June 5, 2013
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Work is finally under way at Fishers Marketplace, a long-awaited development at the northeast corner of 131st Street and State Road 37.
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Ivy Tech sticking with Noblesville despite possible cutbacks

June 4, 2013
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Lawmakers included $12 million in the state budget for renovations to the building that will house a new Ivy Tech campus in Noblesville—saving the site as the school considers closing some locations.
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Westfield's plans just keep getting grander

June 3, 2013
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Preliminary designs presented to City Council members last month show 100-foot towers at the northwest and southeast edges of a planned U.S. 31 bridge over State Road 32, a key gateway to Westfield.
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Friday fun: Exploring standout suburban restaurants

May 31, 2013
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Few things are as fun for me as trying a new restaurant—or revisiting an old favorite.But I never realized how Indianapolis-centric my choices were until this spring, when the Indy Star and Indy Monthly both compiled lists of gotta-go restaurants.
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What is tipping point for development incentives?

May 30, 2013
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A Carmel City Council committee's decision not to help Pedcor Cos. land a state tax credit sent a message to developers: Public money won't be flowing quite as freely in the future.
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Zionsville lands $40M FedEx investment

May 29, 2013
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A Wednesday morning groundbreaking ceremony signaled the start of construction on a new FedEx Ground distribution center in Zionsville—the surest sign yet that the Boone County town really is open for business.
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Westfield's 'Grand' plans extend downtown, too

May 28, 2013
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More than five years in the making, Westfield's $20 million Grand Junction initiative is moving forward. Mayor Andy Cook said the project already is paying off.
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Friday fun: It's beach season in Fishers

May 24, 2013
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Nothing says “Welcome, summer!” quite like hitting the beach on Memorial Day weekend—regardless of Indiana’s ocean-free status.
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Interest in Westfield schools' land not paying off ... yet

May 23, 2013
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Westfield Washington Schools likely will hold onto 14 acres of high-profile property at the corner of U.S. 31 and State Road 32—at least until offers for the land improve.
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What's your take on The Farm at Zionsville?

May 22, 2013
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Developer Steve Pittman expects to tweak plans for The Farm at Zionsville based on feedback from the community. So what's your take on the proposal?
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Scotty's fishing for prime Hamilton County site

May 21, 2013
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Local restaurateur Scott Wise hasn’t given up on Hamilton County. The Scotty's Brewhouse founder said this week he has been evaluating potential sites for his growing family of restaurants—including a couple of options in Fishers.
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Subaru growing into new Boone County distribution center

May 20, 2013
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Subaru of America plans to invest $18 million to build and equip a regional distribution center in Lebanon, potentially tripling the scope of its Boone County operations.
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Friday fun: Master gardeners dig annual sale

May 17, 2013
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Dirt has been flying throughout Hamilton County as hundreds of master gardeners prepare for their annual sale. The green thumbs produced more than 12,000 plants to raise money for scholarships and other programs.
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Farmers markets usher in suburban summer

May 16, 2013
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Forget Memorial Day. Summer unofficially arrives in the suburbs this Saturday—opening day for high-profile farmers markets in Carmel, Noblesville and Zionsville.
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Sneak a peek at Noblesville's long-awaited Riverwalk

May 15, 2013
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Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on a pedestrian path along the White River in Noblesville—a $2 million-plus project that took more than a decade to come to fruition.
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Zionsville to share TIF revenue with school district

May 13, 2013
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Zionsville's cash-strapped school district could collect almost $5 million from the town’s tax-increment financing district if an unusual land deal is finalized later this month.
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Local runners snap up Fishers firm's Boston tribute

May 10, 2013
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Best known for a line of T-shirts inspired by ugly Christmas sweaters, upstart Fishers clothing company Vardagen got an unexpected spring boost from a design created to raise money for victims of last month’s Boston Marathon bombing.
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Carmel developer plans rooms with a view

May 9, 2013
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Construction is expected to begin this summer on a $6 million development at Carmel’s City Center that includes luxury apartments overlooking the Monon Trail.
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Reynolds moving HQ, farm-equipment sales

May 8, 2013
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Fishers mainstay Reynolds Farm Equipment is building an $8 million headquarters on U.S. 31 north of Westfield, moving the company’s agricultural operation closer to its rural customer base.
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Outback, Olive Garden slated for Michigan Road

May 7, 2013
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The Carmel City Council on Monday agreed to pave the way—literally—for commercial development planned for the west side of Michigan Road south of 106th Street.
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The 'burbs: culinary wasteland or undiscovered territory?

May 6, 2013
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Local food writer's "Taste of Indy" feature got me thinking about destination dining in the northern suburbs. What would make your list?
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Book offers lessons from 'magnetic' Fishers museum

May 6, 2013
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Conner Prairie Interactive History Park is one of six U.S. institutions featured in a new book that aims to identify the qualities that allow some organizations to thrive, rather than simply survive.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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