Hamilton County Blog Posts

Hamilton County targeting growing sport of archery

June 26, 2013
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Hollywood hits "The Hunger Games" and "Brave" are firing up interest in archery just as Hamilton County’s parks department pulls the trigger on a state-of-the-art range east officials hope will draw major competitions—possibly including Olympic trials.
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Danny Boy Beer Works brewing plans for Carmel

June 24, 2013
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The owners of Brockway Public House in Carmel are working on plans to open a craft brewery and taproom in the Village of WestClay.
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Friday fun: Balloon rides over Carmel

June 21, 2013
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Marching bands, fried Snickers and balloon rides are on tap for the 25th annual CarmelFest, a July tradition that draws an estimated 50,000 celebrants downtown.
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High-profile Carmel property draws just one bid

June 20, 2013
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Would-be buyers of the former Party Time Rental site in Carmel were asked to pitch plans for a three-story (or taller) mixed-use building featuring first-floor retail and plenty of parking.
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Fishers' mayoral race gets green light

June 19, 2013
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No candidates have emerged yet, but the buzz already has started about who will seek to become the fast-growing community’s first mayor. Voters head to the polls next year.
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Hospital's plans for Zionsville facility hit snag

June 18, 2013
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Witham Health Services has a conditional contract to buy about 11 acres of undeveloped land at the northeast corner of 116th Street and Michigan Road from Christel DeHaan Investments LP, pending a zoning change that would allow for office and retail uses.
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Public art idea: Squirrel stampede

June 17, 2013
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More than 100,000  migratory squirrels sweeping through the area—destroying cornfields as they went—attracted attention in the 1820s, and now a group of emerging Hamilton County leaders is working on a public art initiative inspired by the story.
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Friday fun: iPhone art at Launch Fishers

June 14, 2013
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Although ever-present smartphones have unleashed a creative spirit in many of us, the artists’ work featured in the iCreate show is a far cry from the selfies that fill your Facebook feed.
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Renowned planner shares vision for Carmel's Midtown

June 13, 2013
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Urban planner extraordinaire Jeff Speck presented his vision for Carmel’s Midtown area at a packed Carmel Chamber of Commerce luncheon this week, generating buzz for a proposal that has divided the City Council.
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Closeout chain sets sights on Carmel: 'Everybody likes to save a buck'

June 12, 2013
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"Value-oriented" retailer Ollie's Bargain Outlet plans to open a store in Carmel this fall as part of a push into Indiana. How will the market respond?
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Crunching the numbers: Hamilton County homebuilding activity leads region

June 11, 2013
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Builders filed 817 single-family permits in Hamilton County during the first five months of the year. Which community had the most activity? Plus: Boone County stats.
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New rules aim to keep tax revenue flowing

June 10, 2013
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Officials in Fishers and Noblesville have taken steps to protect their commercial tax bases, which are  increasingly important as municipalities cope with the financial realities of the state’s property tax caps. Have they gone too far?
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Friday fun: Nickel Plate Arts Weekend

June 7, 2013
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The Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau came up with the ongoing Nickel Plate Arts initiative to support and promote arts experiences in an area stretching from Fishers to Tipton.
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Bank saves Westfield summer tradition

June 6, 2013
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With the Westfield Farmers Market out of commission for the 2013 season, a local bank is opening its parking lot to vendors on Friday evenings this summer.
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Walmart, bank, barbecue on tap for high-profile Fishers corner

June 5, 2013
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Work is finally under way at Fishers Marketplace, a long-awaited development at the northeast corner of 131st Street and State Road 37.
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Ivy Tech sticking with Noblesville despite possible cutbacks

June 4, 2013
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Lawmakers included $12 million in the state budget for renovations to the building that will house a new Ivy Tech campus in Noblesville—saving the site as the school considers closing some locations.
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Westfield's plans just keep getting grander

June 3, 2013
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Preliminary designs presented to City Council members last month show 100-foot towers at the northwest and southeast edges of a planned U.S. 31 bridge over State Road 32, a key gateway to Westfield.
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Friday fun: Exploring standout suburban restaurants

May 31, 2013
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Few things are as fun for me as trying a new restaurant—or revisiting an old favorite.But I never realized how Indianapolis-centric my choices were until this spring, when the Indy Star and Indy Monthly both compiled lists of gotta-go restaurants.
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What is tipping point for development incentives?

May 30, 2013
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A Carmel City Council committee's decision not to help Pedcor Cos. land a state tax credit sent a message to developers: Public money won't be flowing quite as freely in the future.
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Westfield's 'Grand' plans extend downtown, too

May 28, 2013
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More than five years in the making, Westfield's $20 million Grand Junction initiative is moving forward. Mayor Andy Cook said the project already is paying off.
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Friday fun: It's beach season in Fishers

May 24, 2013
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Nothing says “Welcome, summer!” quite like hitting the beach on Memorial Day weekend—regardless of Indiana’s ocean-free status.
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Interest in Westfield schools' land not paying off ... yet

May 23, 2013
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Westfield Washington Schools likely will hold onto 14 acres of high-profile property at the corner of U.S. 31 and State Road 32—at least until offers for the land improve.
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Scotty's fishing for prime Hamilton County site

May 21, 2013
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Local restaurateur Scott Wise hasn’t given up on Hamilton County. The Scotty's Brewhouse founder said this week he has been evaluating potential sites for his growing family of restaurants—including a couple of options in Fishers.
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Friday fun: Master gardeners dig annual sale

May 17, 2013
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Dirt has been flying throughout Hamilton County as hundreds of master gardeners prepare for their annual sale. The green thumbs produced more than 12,000 plants to raise money for scholarships and other programs.
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Farmers markets usher in suburban summer

May 16, 2013
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Forget Memorial Day. Summer unofficially arrives in the suburbs this Saturday—opening day for high-profile farmers markets in Carmel, Noblesville and Zionsville.
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