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Paramount Tower plan shrinks

August 25, 2008
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Developers are taking a new approach to a student housing project proposed for a 2.3-acre parking lot a few blocks east of the Central Canal....
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Apartments planned for old school

August 22, 2008
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The former Paul C. Stetson School northeast of Fall Creek Parkway and College Avenue could soon find new life as a 47-unit senior apartment complex....
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BW3 defies city's request

August 20, 2008
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Buffalo Wild Wings has responded to the city's beef with its Washington Street façade by submitting a new plan showing the exact design it already constructed. The...
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Back in time: Buildings in the news

July 31, 2008
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First off, an update on the new plans for the Grain Dealers building: London Witte Group has hired locally based Lynn Hines Design Associates to...
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City to BW3: Not so fast

July 30, 2008
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City planners are seeing red over the bright yellow facade at a new Buffalo Wild Wings under construction along Washington Street downtown. Turns...
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Tower House proposal dead

July 29, 2008
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A local accounting firm has bought the Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance building along Meridian Street for its headquarters after a local developer couldn't...
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BW3, Madame Walker & Adobo

July 25, 2008
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Wow, what a busy day. First off: No luck so far snagging a rendering of the new Buffalo Wild Wings under construction along Washington Street...
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Update: Landmarks v. Ivy Tech

July 17, 2008
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The Indiana Historic Landmarks Foundation is fighting a plan by Ivy Tech to tear down...
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Old hospital could face demolition

July 16, 2008
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Ivy Tech State College now hopes to tear down the old Weyerbacher Terrace apartment complex after determining the 1913 structure would be too...
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Cadavers, Pan Am Plaza & more

July 14, 2008
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I missed a few days last week for a wedding in Wisconsin, so it's time to catch up on real estate news ... Cadavers at Circle Centre UPDATE: The exhibition is going to...
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Ralston Square's new look

July 8, 2008
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A $60 million project slated for South Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets has a whole new look, along with a couple of anchor tenants. Plans for Ralston Square call for a Cambria Suites hotel, a BlackFinn Restaurant & Saloon...
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New renderings of Allen Plaza

July 7, 2008
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Check out the latest renderings for the revamped Jefferson Plaza, which soon will be known as Allen Plaza. Local favorite Scotty's...
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Infill coming to Fletcher Place

June 26, 2008
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A local firm plans to break ground soon on two new infill buildings in Fletcher Place. The $1.7-million development, called Fletcher Place Terrace, will be built on...
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A new strategy for 707 E. North St.

June 25, 2008
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The developers of an 8-story condo building southeast of College Avenue and North Street have taken a...
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Buzzkill: IHPC kills giant keg signs

June 17, 2008
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Someone must've been drinking when they came up with this: A proposal submitted to the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission last month called for three 10-foot-tall, protruding kegs with taps facing the...
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First Dunkin impressions

June 13, 2008
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The downtown Dunkin looks like it'll be ready before the June 26 target opening date. Workers are installing the signs today, so I thought I'd post this photo by our own Robin Jerstad. Thoughts on the new look?More

It's hot, and Villagio needs a pool

June 10, 2008
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The developers of downtown's Villagio at Page Pointe are hoping city officials will waive development standards so condo owners can cool off in a new pool next door to...
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Rebirth for Ambassador?

June 9, 2008
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Two local developers have submitted bids to redevelop the Ambassador apartments adjacent to the Central Library. Van Rooy and Buckingham both proposed mixed uses for the Ambassador building, with street-level retail and commercial...
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Board eyes building near Lucas Oil

June 6, 2008
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The Capital Improvement Board likely will buy one-story building across the street from the new Lucas Oil Stadium. The board has an option to purchase the Easterday property, which it has been...
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L'explorateur, Scotty's & Tango

May 27, 2008
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I've got a couple of downtown restaurant nuggets. But first, mark your calendars: The summer edition of Devour Downtown starts Monday. Enjoy a special $30 menu at many of downtown's top eateries for two weeks. Bon appetit! More

State drops canal development

May 24, 2008
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A 1-acre site along the Central Canal will not be developed, at least for now, a state official said in an e-mail. The state's public finance director, Jennifer Alvey,...
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Panera coming downtown

May 22, 2008
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Weber Grill Restaurant could soon get some company. Panera Bread Co. is close to a deal to take the remaining portion of the former Old Navy space in Claypool Court. If landlord Simon...
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Stutz Tower vision takes shape

May 15, 2008
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The developer behind Stutz Business Center is pushing forward on plans for a tower at the southeast corner of Senate Avenue and 11th Street. The project could be as...
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A new Cosmopolitan view

May 5, 2008
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Check out this new rendering of the $33 million Cosmopolitan on the Canal project. Locally based Flaherty & Collins Properties is building on a site...
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The other convention hotels

April 29, 2008
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A 1,000-room JW Marriott convention hotel will anchor the $425-million hotel complex planned for the southwest corner of West and Washington streets. But it won't be the...
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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