Hamilton County Blog Posts

Sharks decline to take Carmel firm's bait

May 19, 2014
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Carmel-based Baker’s Edge may not have landed an investment on the season finale of ABC hit “Shark Tank,” but co-founder Matt Griffin nevertheless feels good about the experience.
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Court OKs selling off Carmel firm's property holdings

May 16, 2014
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A Hamilton County court has approved the sale of nine central Indiana properties tied to Carmel-based CFS Inc., which is facing a state securities fraud lawsuit. Twice as many remain on the market.
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Roundup: Tilted Kilt in Carmel, plus beer, burgers, sweet tea and toys

May 15, 2014
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Sports pub chain Tilted Kilt is planning a Carmel location. Plus: new beer options, McAlister's remodels, and a local toy store closes.
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Slow going for new 106th Street exit on I-69

May 13, 2014
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It seems fitting that the process of adding an interchange to relieve congestion on Interstate 69 appears to move about as fast as, well, rush-hour traffic on Interstate 69.
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Westfield council OKs $2.5M to make way for mixed-use project

May 12, 2014
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The city of Westfield will help Westfield High School replace its aging football stadium, making way for a $40 million commercial development planned for the corner of U.S. 31 and State Road 32.
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Developer reveals plans for $40M Westfield project

May 9, 2014
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A Westfield-based investment group is working on plans for a $40 million “life wellness” development on land it’s buying from Westfield-Washington Schools.
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Carmel redevelopment panel OKs $730K deal with Palladium contractor

May 7, 2014
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Carmel Redevelopment Commission members have agreed to pay $730,000 to settle the final piece of a years-old legal dispute tied to construction of the city’s Palladium concert hall, which opened in 2011.
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Hanging out at HamCo election central

May 6, 2014
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Hamilton County's Government & Judicial Center is open to folks who can't wait to see election results. I'm here for now: Anything you want to know?
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Carmel could tap emergency fund for road repairs

May 6, 2014
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Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard wants to take $1.5 million from the city’s Rainy Day Fund to fix streets damaged by the unusually harsh winter. Plus: Council OKs revised arts grants.
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Primaries matter despite one-sided races

May 5, 2014
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Tuesday’s primary election is more than a practice run for November—especially in Republican-dominated Hamilton County, where partisan voters essentially are choosing the eventual winner.
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Carmel's Main Street getting more upscale apartments

May 2, 2014
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Carmel officials have signed off on Keystone Realty Group’s plans to build a five-story mixed-use building southwest of Old Meridian and Main streets.
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Westfield schools ask city for $2.5M to speed development

April 29, 2014
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Westfield-Washington Schools is asking the city to help pay for a new football stadium to accelerate construction and make way for what’s being described as a $40 million-plus commercial development at U.S. 31 and State Road 32.
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Noblesville Schools, National Guard agree to land swap

April 25, 2014
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The Indiana National Guard is bugging out of its Noblesville armory, part of a years-in-the-making plan to turn the property over to a growing neighbor: Noblesville Schools.
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Noblesville's Grace Church extending its reach to Fishers

April 24, 2014
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After two false starts, Noblesville-based Grace Church is working on a deal to buy land for a satellite campus in Fishers.
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Carmel council delays annual arts funding

April 22, 2014
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Carmel City Council postponed approval of the city’s annual arts grant program Monday amid questions about “perceived gaps” in the municipal budget.
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Beck's, partner developing multi-hybrid planter

April 21, 2014
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Farming can be a tough row to hoe, but Hamilton County-based Beck’s Hybrids is reaping the benefits of improved technology. The company also is working on two projects to help its customers succeed.
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Carmel neighbors up in arms over plans for Monon Lake

April 18, 2014
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M/I Homes of Indiana's plans to develop a 43-home community on heavily wooded property along the Monon Greenway is facing opposition from neighbors and members of the Carmel Plan Commission.
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Construction season finally looms for high-end Carmel apartments

April 11, 2014
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Local developer Pittman Partners and multifamily specialist Barrett & Stokely Inc. are moving forward with plans for a $35 million apartment community near the Monon Greenway in Carmel.
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Roundup: Tasty plans for Carmel's Main Street, plus doughnuts and more

April 9, 2014
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A vacant Main Street storefront in Carmel’s Arts & Design District is set to be transformed into the tasting room for Napa Valley winery with local ties. Plus: local Thai and doughnuts, and chains galore.
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Lessons learned in the northern 'burbs

April 7, 2014
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IBJ’s experiment with place-based business news couldn’t have come at a better time—just as the fast-growing communities north of 96th Street began to emerge from the depths of the recession and look to the future.
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Noblesville bakery-cafe setting up shop in Zionsville

April 4, 2014
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Rosie’s Place, a popular downtown Noblesville café and bakery, plans to open a second location this year in Zionsville’s Village business district. Its expanded kitchen will serve as a production hub for Rosie's wholesale goodies.
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Defunct Zionsville bakery files for bankruptcy protection

March 28, 2014
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The owner of a now-shuttered Zionsville bakery filed for bankruptcy protection last month and asked the court to stop a previous tenant from selling off property left behind when its storefront closed in January.
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Entrepreneur's events aim to appeal to new, growing families

March 27, 2014
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After launching (and selling) four businesses in eight years, serial entrepreneur Jenn Kampmeier is at it again. She's debuting a mini trade show for new and expectant parents in Carmel next month.
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Mountain-bike course in the works for Fishers

March 21, 2014
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Fishers is moving ahead with plans for a mountain-bike course at its work-in-progress park at 101st Street and Cyntheanne Road, hiring an expert trail builder to design and install the 1.5-mile amenity.
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Lawmakers OK bill keeping school buses on the road

March 18, 2014
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Legislators delivered a temporary reprieve to Westfield Washington Schools and other districts facing steep losses in their transportation budgets, but the final version of House Bill 1062 did not allow some to test the market for school-bus advertising.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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