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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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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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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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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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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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Upscale hotel, restaurant planned for I-465 interchange

October 3, 2013
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St. Louis-based Drury Hotels Co. is planning a 10-story hotel and stand-alone restaurant for 10 acres of undeveloped land overlooking Interstate 465 on the southern edge of Carmel.
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Builder plans trailside community in Carmel

October 2, 2013
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M/I Homes of Indiana wants to build as many as four dozen homes on 15 acres of beachfront property in Carmel: undeveloped land along the Monon Greenway.
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Is Fido clamoring for a trip to the mall?

September 27, 2013
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Officials at Clay Terrace in Carmel are working on plans to open a dog park on a vacant patch of land along U.S. 31, south of St. Vincent Sports Performance.
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Retail roundup: Stone-oven pizza in Carmel, expanding burger joints

September 20, 2013
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Former Egyptian Cafe owner Mohey Osman is opening a Naples-style pizzeria in Carmel. Plus: new locations in the works for Bagger Dave's and Bub's Burgers, Aldi and Jimmy John's.
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Shapiro's site in Carmel draws two bids

September 19, 2013
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Two would-be buyers submitted wildly divergent offers for the former Shapiro’s Delicatessen in Carmel City Center. Bidders also were asked to disclose how they intend to use the property.
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Carmel pharmaceutical firm eyeing move to Noblesville

September 11, 2013
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A Carmel institutional pharmacy could move its growing drug repackaging operation to Noblesville’s Corporate Campus if city leaders sign off on $225,000 in tax breaks.
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Not-for-profit weighs hiring Carmel redevelopment chief

September 10, 2013
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A month after a split Carmel City Council decided not to extend a $100-per-hour consulting deal for longtime Carmel Redevelopment Commission boss Les Olds, another organization is considering hiring him to keep city redevelopment projects on track.
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Carmel council seeking 'autonomous' arts grants process

September 6, 2013
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Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard does not support a City Council effort to shift control of the city’s annual arts grants from his office to the Center for the Performing Arts.
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Flix Brewhouse signs on for Carmel theater-microbrewery

August 22, 2013
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Texas-based Flix Brewhouse plans to open a combination movie theater-microbrewery next year in Carmel’s beleaguered Merchants’ Square shopping center.
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Noblesville hits brakes on kart racing, OKs auto dealership

August 20, 2013
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The Noblesville Plan Commission raised a yellow flag Monday on California-based K1 Speed Inc.’s plans for an electric go-kart racing center in the Saxony Corporate Campus. Plus: Terry Lee Crossing project advances and Civic Theatre gets Carmel arts grant.
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Carmel council to reconsider Civic Theatre arts grant

August 16, 2013
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Two weeks after it held back $200,000 in grant funding earmarked for the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, the Carmel City Council is poised to swap checks with the not-for-profit organization.
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Noblesville passes $1K food-truck fee

August 14, 2013
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A divided Noblesville Common Council approved zoning changes Tuesday that allow food trucks to roll into the city—with several restrictions and a fee that all but guarantees few will bother to make the trip.
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Friday fun: Pop-up piano art on display in Carmel

August 9, 2013
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The 20 artist-decorated pianos on display in Indianapolis and Carmel through Aug. 18 aren’t just eye candy. They’re public art pieces designed to appeal to all the senses, including the sense of community.
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For sale: Former Shapiro's building in Carmel

August 8, 2013
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The Carmel City Center building that housed Shapiro’s Delicatessen for more than a decade is for sale following the restaurant’s June closure.
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Carmel council releases (most) arts grants

August 6, 2013
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Finally satisfied that Carmel will end the year in the black, its City Council on Monday released more than $500,000 in arts funding that’s been on hold since April. But an increasingly hawkish majority held back another $200,000 earmarked for the Civic Theatre.
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Indy Eleven coach: Team, game 'bigger than one community'

August 1, 2013
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Carmel resident Juergen Sommer traveled the globe as a professional soccer player before hanging up his cleats more than a decade ago. Now he's at the helm of Indiana's newest pro sports team.
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Will retail follow rooftops in Village of WestClay?

July 22, 2013
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If the “retail follows rooftops” real estate mantra is true, The Village of WestClay may soon see the commercial development its founders envisioned more than a decade ago.
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Westfield barbecue joint opening Carmel location

July 18, 2013
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Big Hoffa's features specialties like French fries topped with mac and cheese, baked beans, pulled pork and two different sauces. Plus more Carmel retail news.
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Critics oppose Carmel gas station planned near aquifer

July 17, 2013
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Citizens Energy Group is leading the opposition to a gas station planned for 146th Street and River Road on the edge of Carmel, saying it is too close to a major source of central Indiana’s drinking water.
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