Hamilton County Blog Posts

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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Fishers dangles possible tax break to lure unnamed prospect

July 8, 2014
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An unidentified company may take over a vacant distribution facility in Fishers, spurring town leaders to begin the process of making the property eligible for a tax abatement.
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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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Dems won't field candidate for Fishers mayor

July 2, 2014
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Hamilton County Democrats have appointed four candidates to fill vacancies on the November ballot, but the party will not have a contender in Fishers’ first mayoral race.
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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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Fishers banquet hall set for sheriff's sale; owner cites 'technical problem'

June 26, 2014
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A stand-alone banquet and conference center in Fishers is scheduled to go on the block at a July 17 sheriff’s sale, but its owners say that’s a mistake they hope to resolve before then.
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Westfield nears decision on iconic towers along U.S. 31

June 24, 2014
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Westfield City Council is considering a nearly $3 million plan to erect a pair of “landmark” towers at U.S. 31 and State Road 32, considered a key gateway to the growing community.
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Reflections of a recent (HCLA) graduate ...

June 23, 2014
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At least once a month for the past year or so, my husband has asked me the same question: “So, are you a leader yet?”
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Fishers' Depot lands Charlotte pizza chain as anchor tenant

June 20, 2014
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North Carolina-based Brixx Wood Fired Pizza has signed on as the anchor tenant in The Depot at Nickel Plate, a $42 million apartment-and-retail project under construction in downtown Fishers.
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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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Ferris wheel, beer garden (and youth sports) on tap for Westfield grand opening

June 18, 2014
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Nearly 350,000 visitors have lined the fields at Westfield’s Grand Park Sports Campus since competition kicked off this spring, and now the city is hosting a three-day grand-opening celebration that promises to live up to the description.
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Moving historic Fishers house from development site could cost $100K

June 17, 2014
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Slated for demolition last week, the historic Flanagan House in Fishers has been granted a reprieve—at least for the time being.
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Town waives fees to accelerate $17.6M senior-living project

June 16, 2014
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Fishers will forgive as much as $300,000 in development fees to get a $17.6 million expansion project started by Aug. 1.
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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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Westfield schools sign Riverview as health provider, stadium sponsor

June 11, 2014
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Westfield Washington Schools has landed a 10-year, $1.2 million sponsor for the 5,000-seat football stadium it’s building at Westfield High School.
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Biotech firm Algaeon plans $25M lab in Westfield

June 10, 2014
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Indianapolis-based Algaeon Inc. plans to move its algae-growing operation to Westfield, investing $25 million and adding 25 jobs over the next five years. The biotech firm is seeking to phase in personal property taxes while it ramps up production.
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New name, same game for big Fishers employer

June 9, 2014
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Sallie Mae's loan-servicing operation in Fishers has a new name and a new look. Navient employs about 2,300 Hoosiers, including more than 1,400 in Hamilton County.
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Concert season drives business to Klipsch Music Center neighbors

June 9, 2014
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When crowds flock to Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, nearby businesses notice—and hope to cash in.
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Conner Prairie seeks funding to keep balloon ride flying

June 6, 2014
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By the end of Conner Prairie’s 2014 season, about 100,000 people will have taken to the skies in its tethered helium balloon—a high-flying attraction that soared to landmark status soon after it debuted five years ago.
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County continues to build case for State Road 37 overhaul

June 5, 2014
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Hamilton County officials are circling the wagons to prepare for negotiations over the future of State Road 37.
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Home-A-Rama shows off luxury housing in Westfield

June 4, 2014
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Less than a year after resurrecting its custom-home showcase, the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis opens the doors to its 2014 event today in Westfield’s tony Brookside neighborhood—signaling the return of high-end housing.
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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. 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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