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Is downtown Borders a goner?

February 23, 2009
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The bookstore chain Borders Group Inc. is looking for a replacement tenant for its 22,000-square-foot store at the corner of Meridian and Washington streets downtown. The Ann...
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Conservancy plans take shape

February 4, 2009
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The Nature Conservancy is finalizing plans for its new $4.4-million headquarters at 620 E. Ohio St. downtown. The not-for-profit group is planning a two-story, 20,000-square-foot...
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Renewal planned for towers

January 26, 2009
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Developers are working on plans to build new residential or commercial space adjacent to two public-housing towers near Mass Ave downtown. The Indianapolis Housing Agency...
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Group plans police museum

January 22, 2009
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Turns out the window message in an old warehouse across from Conseco Fieldhouse is teasing a proposed police museum. The interactive museum, dubbed Cop City,...
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Time to Tango?

December 30, 2008
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Looks like the Taste of Tango will get off the ground after all. Workers yesterday installed a black awning on the building's brown facade (fashion...
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Office building getting a new look

December 29, 2008
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A four-story building at Washington and Delaware streets downtown is getting a full makeover. The 11,000-square-foot property is being marketed to retail users for the first floor and office for the other three. No tenants have committed yet, said Harvey...
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More downtown restaurant news

December 22, 2008
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Noodles & Co. plans to open in the long-vacant former home of Hard Times Cafe, which is just west of Houlihan's and Steak n Shake on Maryland Street. The Colorado-based chain...
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RIP J. Gumbo's. Who's next?

December 15, 2008
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In a move that probably won't surprise anyone who tried the food, J. Gumbo's is closing after a six-month run on the first floor of the Hampton...
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Blue fins in the sky

December 11, 2008
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One Indiana Square is getting its new fin features, designed in part to give the building a more vertical and less boxy profile. They also are adding a splash of color. What do you think? (IBJ Photos/Robin Jerstad)
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Tower would offer balloon rides

December 8, 2008
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Wow, you leave on vacation for a week, and miss this: Two Indianapolis businessmen are hoping to build a balloon-ride attraction within a 20-story, tubular steel tower....
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3Mass taking shape

November 5, 2008
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The luxury condo and retail project called 3 Mass is taking shape as sales pick up speed. Buyers have snapped up 26 of the 44 units, including $8 million in sales in September and October, said Todd Maurer of lead...
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Update: City OK with abatement

October 31, 2008
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The city has decided to support a request by Buckingham Cos. to abate part of the additional tax liability stemming from its $2.5-million renovation of...
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Incentives for Buckingham HQ?

October 22, 2008
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The city is taking a second look at a tax abatement request for the historic Stokely-Van Camp building at 941 N. Meridian St. Developer Buckingham...
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Like a new skyscraper

October 13, 2008
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The new curtain wall is almost done on the north and south faces of One Indiana Square. What do you think so far? (IBJ Photo/Robin Jerstad) ...
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Another D'vine move; Siam Square

October 10, 2008
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A popular northside wine bar will close at the end of October to move to a smaller space behind Castleton Square Mall. D'vine a wine bar moved from Woodfield Crossing...
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Credit mess puts Ralston on hold

October 2, 2008
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A $60 million project slated for South Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets is on hold until credit markets return to some semblance of normal, the developer...
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M&I sign appears atop skyscraper

September 29, 2008
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The first of four M&I Bank signs has finally taken its place atop the former First Indiana Plaza. Workers were installing one of the signs...
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Then & Now: The Dome

September 25, 2008
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From architect Bob Hague: "I was a graduate architect just out of school responsible for building the study model, developing the construction documents and construction administration. Was involved in the project for 3 years. The rooftop tours are from 1983...
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Ace eyes Fall Creek Place

September 18, 2008
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King Park Area Development Corp. is in advanced talks with Ace Hardware to anchor a new retail project at the northeast corner of 22nd and...
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City, BW3 reach deal

September 15, 2008
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The owners of downtown's new BW3 and city planners have reached agreement on a new design. Changes shown in the rendering below include new lighting fixtures and removal of yellow "highlights" behind them, along with removal of black-and-white checkers on...
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Group eyes new vision for Circle

September 15, 2008
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A group of local business and civic leaders are hoping to transform Monument Circle into a grand public space in the European model, a pedestrian-friendly piazza that draws crowds year-round to...
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Watch out, King David

September 11, 2008
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A California chain called Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom plans to open a new store in Circle Centre Mall. The restaurant calls itself "Home of the Haut Dog" and serves gourmet...
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Buggs Temple restaurant closing

September 9, 2008
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Tavern at the Temple restaurant at 11th Street and the Central Canal in Buggs Temple will close for good on Wednesday. Creation Cafe, a casual restaurant and...
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Mall parking gets pricier

September 4, 2008
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The operators of Circle Centre's parking garages have raised rates in a move designed to ensure spaces are available for shoppers and to bring in additional revenue. The new...
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BW3 proposes calmer look

September 3, 2008
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The back-and-forth continues between city planners and the developer of a new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant along Washington Street downtown. Franchise owner Pete Watson has offered to tone down the facade a bit, offering this picture: More

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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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