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Restoration work begins for Old Northside landmark

March 1, 2010
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Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana has taken over the Romanesque Revival former church known as Old Centrum along Central Avenue at 12th Street.
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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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Planners recommend denial of IBJ variable-message sign

November 30, 2009
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The city's planning staff is recommending denial of an electronic message screen proposed as part of a new sign for IBJ Media Corp., the parent company of Indianapolis Business Journal.
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Bush Stadium is now a dumping ground for clunkers

November 10, 2009
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An auto salvage company is paying the city $2,000 per month to use the outfield of Bush Stadium to store vehicles collected under the Cash for Clunkers program.
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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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IBJ Media seeking approval for new projecting sign

November 2, 2009
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The parent company of IBJ has filed plans to add a new sign with an electronic-message component outside the newspaper's headquarters at 41 E. Washington St.
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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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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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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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Around town roundup

September 9, 2009
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Find out about a new Latin market and tapas bar, plans to renovate the Apple Store and post office closings.
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Fountain Square getting a new fountain

September 4, 2009
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Fountain Square is getting a new fountain in a project that's been in the works for more than a decade.
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Plans emerge for old Winona

August 14, 2009
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A few weeks back, IBJ reported on early proposals for the vacant former Winona Memorial Hospital. The five-story property is saddled with about $2 million in unpaid taxes and soon will become public property. So far, two groups have stepped up with ideas...
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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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Privatize parking meters?

July 20, 2009
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City officials are considering several proposals to modernize and even privatize the city's roughly 4,000 parking meters to squeeze out more revenue.
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Weigh in on the new Wishard

July 17, 2009
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Check out this early rendering of a proposed replacement for Wishard Hospital. The $754-million project calls for 11 stories and about 1.2 million square feet of space. It would be built just west of the current hospital, next to the...
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Privatize parking meters?

July 13, 2009
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City officials are considering several proposals to modernize and even privatize the city's roughly 4,000 parking meters to squeeze out more revenue.
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Touring the JW Marriott complex

May 12, 2009
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The developers of the new JW Marriott hotel complex gave photographer Robin Jerstad and me a tour of the $425 million project earlier this month....
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Westfield plans sports complex

April 23, 2009
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The mayor of Westfield hopes to build a youth sports complex with a 4,000-seat multipurpose outdoor stadium, indoor sports facilities and fields for baseball, soccer,...
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Fort Ben reuse marches on

April 21, 2009
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The Fort Harrison Reuse Authority is preparing to break ground on a massive infrastructure project that will lay the groundwork for the master-planned Lawrence...
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JW Marriott taking shape

March 5, 2009
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The new 1,000-room JW Marriott convention hotel is rising fast at West and Washington streets in anticipation of a grand opening in March 2010. The $425-million complex also calls for a Courtyard by Marriott, SpringHill Suites and a Fairfield Inn...
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Group reconsiders demo request

February 18, 2009
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The Salvation Army is rethinking a request to demolish an historic home it owns next to its headquarters at Michigan and Alabama streets. The not-for-profit...
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A new anchor for Fall Creek Place?

February 2, 2009
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Check out this rendering of plans for the vacant northeast corner of 22nd and Delaware streets. The two-story project would be built to...
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  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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