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City Market proposals: Microbrewery, bicycle hub, agriculture showcase

January 18, 2010
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Six groups are vying to lead a redevelopment effort for the struggling Indianapolis City Market. Check out summaries of each of the proposals.
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Developer plans expansion of Riley Towers apartments

January 12, 2010
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The owner of downtown's Riley Towers apartments is working on plans for a 5-story expansion at 225 E. North St. that would add 54 apartment units and more than 4,000 square feet of retail space.
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Flying Cupcake expands, Bobby Joe's shuts down

January 4, 2010
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The Flying Cupcake Bakery is opening a new location along Mass Ave next door to Scholar's Inn downtown. Plus, more restaurant news!
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Mental health association buys Yellow Rose Inn

December 4, 2009
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An elegant Old Northside mansion known as the Yellow Rose Inn has a new owner with plans to discontinue a bed-and-breakfast operation.
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Group plans to auction relics of downtown architecture

November 4, 2009
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The city has agreed to hand over architectural artifacts from a landmark downtown building to a historic preservation group.

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Historic namesake for German Church Road facing demolition

October 29, 2009
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Historic preservation groups are fighting to save a 1914 church at the northeast corner of Washington Street and German Church Road in Cumberland. The congregation of St. John United Church of Christ has been working on plans to build a new church on Carroll Road and struck a deal to sell the old one to a developer. The plans are rumored to include demolition to make way for a CVS store.
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Trustee seeks bids for former Fall Creek YMCA branch

October 28, 2009
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The owner of the vacant former Fall Creek YMCA along West 10th Street is seeking bidders interested in tearing down and redeveloping the prime 2-acre site at 860 W. 10th St.
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Plans emerge for vacant former Value City store

October 26, 2009
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Two local entrepreneurs have partnered to develop a new conference and event center in the former Value City department store near Lafayette Square Mall.
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New coffee shop named for Fletcher Place founder

October 20, 2009
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Local investors have opened a new coffee shop in Fletcher Place they plan to turn into a not-for-profit to raise money for local charities.
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Amusement center taking space in Clay Terrace

October 15, 2009
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A children's amusement center is taking over the former Circuit City space at Clay Terrace in Carmel.
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Efforts target blight on 16th

October 13, 2009
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A stretch of 16th Street could see new life as the Indianapolis Housing Agency plans to redevelop a troubled low-income housing project and Kroger revives efforts to acquire land and plan a new supermarket to replace a cramped, old-format location.
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City approves new CVS store

October 12, 2009
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The Metropolitan Development Commission has given its blessing to a new CVS store along 82nd Street just east of Interstate 69.
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Around Indianapolis restaurant roundup

October 8, 2009
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Several new restaurants are planned for the Indianapolis area.
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New Circle Centre display promotes Indy attractions

October 5, 2009
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A formerly lifeless stretch of wall on the northern edge of Circle Centre mall is now an engaging tribute to three of the city's most notable attractions.
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Developer plans student housing along canal

September 25, 2009
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A local developer has filed plans to build a new apartment complex designed for college students a few blocks east of the Central Canal.
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Development slow around Lucas Oil Stadium

September 24, 2009
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The hoped-for rush of new development around Lucas Oil Stadium has not materialized.
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Kahn's taking former O'Malia store

August 24, 2009
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Kahn's Fine Wine & Spirits plans to open a second location in a former O'Malia Food Market at the northeast corner of 86th Street and Township Line Road.
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More chocolate, fewer newsstands

August 18, 2009
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Sweets retailer Best Chocolate in Town has opened a second location in Chase Tower. Owner Elizabeth Garber has developed quite a following for her shop at 880 Massachusetts Ave. and now is offering a full selection of hand-made chocolates on the 2nd floor of Chase Tower with Bistro 111.
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College Park theater closes

August 10, 2009
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The AMC Loews College Park 14 movie theater has closed after a 25-year run at West 86th Street and Michigan Road. The outdated theater in the Walmart-anchored complex couldn't compete with Showplace 12 at Traders Point, which opened a few years ago
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Co-op grocery plans take shape

August 3, 2009
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Indy Food Cooperative plans to open the city's first not-for-profit grocery store in a 70-year-old former appliance store along East 10th...
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City wins in digital billboard bout

July 29, 2009
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A Superior Court judge has sided with the Metropolitan Development Commission in a dispute over digital billboards. Outdoor advertising giant Lamar had sought a summary...
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Barley Island taking SI space

July 24, 2009
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Noblesville's Barley Island Brewing Co. is planning to open a second restaurant and brewhouse in the former home of Scholar’s Inn Bakehouse at the corner of...
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Around town restaurant roundup

July 2, 2009
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Several tasty nuggets today: Iozzo's Garden of Italy is slated to open July 17 along Meridian Street just south of Shapiro's and Greek Islands, in the former home of Leland's and Cafe@Ray. The...
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So long, SoDo

June 30, 2009
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The owners of a 1.3-acre parking lot southeast of Meridian and South streets have put the property up for sale, apparently putting an end to the dream...
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Receiver sale for CityView

June 29, 2009
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A 20-story apartment tower in midtown Indianapolis is being offered in a receiver sale for about $42,000 per unit, about a third less than the...
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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