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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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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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