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Councilor: $100M deal hanging on Fishers tax hike

November 19, 2013
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A private company is weighing a $100 million investment in Fishers, Town Council member Scott Faultless said Monday, but the project depends on adopting a 1-percent food-and-beverage tax that’s still the subject of heated debate.
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Developer wants Fishers to take over Saxony Beach

November 15, 2013
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Foundation work is under way for the next phase of Republic Development Corp.’s Saxony Village project, which includes a lakefront community building that it wants to turn over to the town of Fishers along with Saxony Beach.
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County to expand government center in Noblesville

November 13, 2013
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Hamilton County commissioners plan to expand the Judicial & Government Center in downtown Noblesville, easing a space crunch and keeping county offices on the courthouse square.
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Development starts long before dirt starts moving

November 11, 2013
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The growth of Carmel’s Meridian Street office corridor wasn’t a happy accident. It was city planning. Last month's Hamilton County Leadership Academy session provided an up-close look at planning and development in the fast-growing suburbs.
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Carmel eatery expanding to Westfield

November 8, 2013
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Veteran restaurateur John Perazzo is preparing to open a second location of his popular Italian eatery J. Razzo’s, on State Road 32 in Westfield.
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Ag-oriented retailer eyes new Westfield development

November 7, 2013
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Tractor Supply Co. plans to move its Westfield store next year from U.S. 31 to a new development planned for State Road 32 just east of Spring Mill Road.
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Fishers seeking public input on tax-hike proposal

November 5, 2013
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Fishers’ Town Council is convening a special meeting next week to hear what residents think of a proposal to raise the food-and-beverage tax by 1 percent to fund economic development projects.
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Pace slows, but Carmel redevelopment panel still busy

November 4, 2013
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The Carmel Redevelopment Commission has a lot to do—with or without staff support. Mayor Jim Brainard and the city's director of administration will handle the volunteer panel's day-to-day affairs for the immediate future.
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Upscale chocolatier growing into Carmel

November 1, 2013
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Chocolate for the Spirit plans to open a storefront in Carmel this month. After the holidays, master chocolatier Julie Bolejack will move production there from her Shelbyville "studio."
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County OKs long-term land lease for violence shelter

October 29, 2013
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Hamilton County Commissioners have cleared the way for an Anderson-based domestic violence shelter to build a satellite facility on county-owned land in Noblesville, assuming it can raise enough money to support the program.
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Merchants' Square stores coming down to make way for Flix Brewhouse

October 25, 2013
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Carmel’s Merchants’ Square shopping center will be getting a mini makeover thanks to coming attraction Flix Brewhouse.
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Sunrise Golf Club property set to hit the market

October 18, 2013
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The sun is setting on Carmel’s Sunrise Golf Club, which is scheduled to close at the end of the month following the death of a property owner.
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Fadness sets sights on Fishers' top job

October 15, 2013
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Fishers’ first mayoral race has its third candidate: Town Manager Scott Fadness.
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Fishers councilor Cox kicking off mayoral run

October 11, 2013
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Fishers Town Council member Renee Cox is set to kick off her mayoral campaign Saturday, formally announcing her candidacy after months of speculation.
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Brainard: You've got to see Carmel to believe it

October 9, 2013
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Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard painted a rosy picture of the suburban community in his State of the City speech Wednesday. Then he showed the video.
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Fishers tech firms promise to stay put, add jobs

October 8, 2013
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Two high-potential companies will stay in Fishers thanks to a pair of economic development deals the Town Council signed off on Monday.
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Government group honors two HamCo communities

October 7, 2013
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Officials in Fishers and Westfield are collecting awards Monday from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.
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Roundup: Westfield cafe closes; plus new pho, fro-yo, BBQ and baked goods

October 4, 2013
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Marlow’s Café closed in September after more than three decades on State Road 32 in Westfield, and a new restaurant is set to take over the breakfast-and-lunch spot.
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Upscale hotel, restaurant planned for I-465 interchange

October 3, 2013
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St. Louis-based Drury Hotels Co. is planning a 10-story hotel and stand-alone restaurant for 10 acres of undeveloped land overlooking Interstate 465 on the southern edge of Carmel.
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Builder plans trailside community in Carmel

October 2, 2013
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M/I Homes of Indiana wants to build as many as four dozen homes on 15 acres of beachfront property in Carmel: undeveloped land along the Monon Greenway.
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Hamilton County program builds community insight

September 30, 2013
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Confession time: I’ve played hooky from my regular reporting duties twice in as many months—and I plan to do it again. (And again and again.)
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Is Fido clamoring for a trip to the mall?

September 27, 2013
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Officials at Clay Terrace in Carmel are working on plans to open a dog park on a vacant patch of land along U.S. 31, south of St. Vincent Sports Performance.
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Wonder what suburban residents need? Just ask

September 26, 2013
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Three years after its first citizens' survey set helped officials set priorities for the growing community, Noblesville leaders are preparing to ask again.
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Noblesville weighs tax breaks for growing robotics firm

September 25, 2013
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A 10-year-old company that designs and builds robotic systems for industrial clients plans to invest nearly $2 million to build and equip a facility in Noblesville Business Park.
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Fishers seeking to reinvent itself with redevelopment

September 23, 2013
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There’s more to transforming Fishers than bricks and mortar. It’s just as important for the soon-to-be-city to fill the new buildings with the businesses and residents who bring a community to life.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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