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Sunrise neighbors worried about traffic, density

September 19, 2014
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Neighbors of the former Sunrise Golf Club property along the Monon Greenway in Carmel aren’t sold on a redevelopment plan that calls for building 149 custom homes and up to 265 apartments on the 78-acre site.
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Carmel council reluctantly OKs commuter bus subsidy

September 15, 2014
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Carmel City Council voted 7-0 Monday to subsidize the Indy Express commuter bus for the rest of this year, but members made it clear their support was tenuous at best.
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Carmel clears path for Monon Lake housing project

September 15, 2014
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With neighbors pleading for more time, Carmel City Council on Monday approved a year-old rezoning request that clears the way for M/I Homes’ planned Monon Lake development just north of Interstate 465.
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More Carmel apartments on the drawing board

September 8, 2014
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An affiliate of Butler Automotive Group is asking Carmel for a zoning change that would clear the way for a 235-unit apartment complex just north of an under-construction Hyundai dealership at 96th Street and Randall Drive.
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Keystone seeks $3.8M subsidy for Carmel project

August 29, 2014
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Keystone Realty Group is asking Carmel to issue $3.8 million in economic development bonds to help pay for parking and site work on a 5.3-acre property it plans to redevelop at the intersection of Old Meridian and Main streets.
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Fishers redevelopment draws homegrown Pure Eatery

August 26, 2014
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The owners of Fountain Square’s Pure Eatery are planning to open a second location in downtown Fishers early next year. Plus: Gumbo A Go Go, Wolfies and pizza news.
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CIRTA unveils commuter-bus schedule for Fishers, Carmel

August 25, 2014
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Hamilton County commuters who ride the Indy Express Bus to and from downtown Indianapolis will have fewer departure options starting Sept. 2. A new schedule was released Monday afternoon.
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Locals asked to help fund commuter-bus service

August 18, 2014
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Fishers Town Council on Monday is expected to consider a subsidy of up to $22,500 to keep the Indy Express commuter buses running for the rest of 2014. Carmel City Council, meanwhile, has a $30,000 grant request on the table.
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Mass Ave merchants' pop-up shop reopening in Carmel

August 12, 2014
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Mass Ave retailers are making a return trip to Carmel's Main Street, and they could stay longer this time.
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St. Vincent Heart Center seeks to build helipad in Carmel

August 8, 2014
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St. Vincent Heart Center is seeking city permission to build a helipad on church-owned property south of 103rd Street in Carmel, about a half-mile from the specialty hospital.
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Developer pitches plans for former Carmel golf course

August 1, 2014
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Plans for the former Sunrise Golf Club property along the Monon Greenway in Carmel are coming into focus as the developer asks the city to approve a rezoning request.
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Carmel marketer deploys flying camera

July 30, 2014
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Carmel marketing firm Fat Atom’s new toy tends to draw a crowd, giving the agency high hopes for the business its drone could deliver.
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Square Donuts signs lease in Carmel

July 28, 2014
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Indianapolis’ Square Donuts franchise is growing, with plans to open a Carmel location within weeks. Plus: McDonald's eyes The Bridges.
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Roundup: Aurelio's Pizza, ice cream 'emporium' and Dottie Couture in Fishers

July 23, 2014
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Chicagoland favorite Aurelio’s Pizza is extending its reach into central Indiana, with plans for a restaurant in Fishers. Plus: ice cream, sushi, and more Dottie Couture.
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Byrd's flying north to renovated Fountains facility

July 21, 2014
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The Carmel banquet center formerly known as The Fountains is being remodeled to accommodate new tenant Jonathan Byrd’s Catering.
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Pizzology to fill vacant restaurant space in West Clay

July 15, 2014
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Local restaurateur Neal Brown is bringing his popular Pizzology Pizzeria + Pub concept to the Village of West Clay, targeting a late-September opening for its third location.
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Upscale salon closes Clay Terrace storefront

July 11, 2014
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High-end David & Mary Salon Spa has closed its Clay Terrace location after months of grappling with road construction, frigid weather and the loss of several key employees. Plus: Macaroni Grill leaves Carmel.
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Carmel cancels pharmaceutical firm's tax break

July 11, 2014
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Carmel City Council voted 6-0 Monday to terminate a tax abatement for Pharmakon LTC Pharmacy, which relocated its drug-repackaging operation to Noblesville last year.
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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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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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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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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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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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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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