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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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Apartments may be added to Noblesville mixed-use project

May 23, 2014
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The developer of a commercial project planned at State Road 37 and 146th Street is seeking a zoning change to add a 350-unit apartment complex to the mix.
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Developer seeks tax break for $11M medical office building in Fishers

May 19, 2014
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Indianapolis-based Cornerstone Cos. Inc. is working on plans for an $11 million medical office building near St. Vincent and IU Health hospitals in Fishers.
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Graeter's planning ice cream shop in Fishers

May 19, 2014
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Cincinnati’s famed Graeter’s ice cream is continuing its northern expansion, with plans for a location in Fishers.
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Fishers seeks to cancel tax break for failed Deca Financial

May 19, 2014
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The town of Fishers is taking steps to officially terminate a three-year property tax abatement offered to a debt-collection company that is winding down operations.
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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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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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