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Obama taking downtown space

March 31, 2008
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Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign plans to temporarily take over one of the city's most prominent retail spaces. The campaign has reached a deal to open an office in Flagstar Bank's former...
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Dome souvenirs & Babe Denny

March 20, 2008
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This week brought potential resolution for a couple of disputes in the neighborhoods surrounding Lucas Oil Stadium: Board limits RCA Dome souvenir proceeds to $200K The Capital Improvement Board today agreed to rework an...
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'Major downturn' for construction

March 19, 2008
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Wondering why development news seems to have ground to a halt? The nation's housing and economic woes are hitting development firms and slowing the demand for construction. The American Institute of Architects...
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Sinks, brownfields and insurance

March 17, 2008
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Getting you up to date: Airport sinks approved The Indianapolis Airport Authority board has approved an obscure bid package known as "T-31" that provides for the installation of floor-level foot sinks for...
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Cultural Trail wins national kudos

March 5, 2008
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A couple of topics to discuss: More praise for Trail In its March newsletter, New York-based Project for Public Spaces named Indianapolis one of five "Great Cities" thanks to the...
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Wheeler staying put downtown

February 19, 2008
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Wheeler Mission Ministries has no plans to sell its prime downtown real estate, despite financial troubles that have led the not-for-profit to close its eastside operation. Wheeler said it plans...
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City may lift Pan Am covenant

December 19, 2007
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Indiana Sports Corp. has asked the city to reduce the portion of Pan Am Plaza included in a covenant that restricts development. If approved, the updated covenant would cover only 10,000 square feet,...
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Ballard office gets free parking

December 12, 2007
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The cost of parking is one of the top reasons office space has been a tough sell downtown when compared to the suburbs. But it's not a problem if you're the mayor-elect....
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Farewell, Eastgate parking lots

December 11, 2007
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Here's the Lifeline Data Centers site plan for its reuse of the old Eastgate Consumer Mall. What do you think of the lake and walking trails? More

New life for Eastgate

December 7, 2007
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The long-vacant Eastgate Consumer Mall finally is getting a new tenant: a data-storage and web-hosting company. City officials are planning an 11 a.m. announcement today detailing an expansion for locally based...
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State to double rail-trail inventory

December 4, 2007
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The state has reached a deal to buy more than 150 miles of abandoned rail lines for new trails, a deal that would nearly double Indiana's 170 miles of rail-trails. The governor...
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Fixing a crumbling canal walk

November 19, 2007
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The oldest portion of the downtown canal walk could soon get a $3.2-million upgrade. The city is finalizing plans for new pavement, stairs, retaining walls, lighting and railings along...
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New mayor, now what?

November 7, 2007
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Real estate developers today are trying to sort out the implications of a major upset in the mayor's race. The mayor-elect, Republican Greg Ballard (pictured), didn't reveal much about his philosophy on...
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How much is this land worth?

October 30, 2007
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State officials are challenging a $7-million assessment for a 2.3-acre parking lot sandwiched between the RCA Dome and Lucas Oil Stadium. The state has launched eminent domain proceedings, and the owner isn't...
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Deflating the Dome

October 22, 2007
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Demolition crews will begin letting air out of the RCA Dome as early as next spring. Deflating and removing the Dome's fabric roof is the first step of a five-month demolition process,...
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Highway project could swallow hotel

October 15, 2007
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A $600-million plan to revamp interstates 465 and 69 on the northeast side could have a major impact on buildings near the highways. Several properties, including a couple of office buildings, some...
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Another delay for MSA

September 4, 2007
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Hopes for a quick decision on who will redevelop the Market Square Arena site are quickly fading. City officials had promised a decision by July at the latest, but the political climate...
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Feds cancel deal for FBI headquarters

August 15, 2007
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The federal government has canceled a contract with a Missouri developer chosen to build a new FBI field office in Castleton. The U.S. General Services Administration awarded the $38-million contract to Kansas City-based...
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Is this photo illegal?

August 8, 2007
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Should it be against the law to photograph the City-County Building? Some in Indianapolis law enforcement think so. The IBJ photographer was told today that taking pictures of the building is a...
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Cabela's getting $18M in city bonds

June 11, 2007
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The city of Greenwood plans to help with financing on a Cabela's store at the southeast corner of Interstate 65 and County Line Road. The Nebraska-based outdoors retailing giant has a deal to...
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Fort Harrison reuse plan approved

June 1, 2007
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The Fort Harrison Reuse Authority won approval from the City of Lawrence last night for the final phase of a decade-long redevelopment of Fort Benjamin Harrison. The roughly 90-acre...
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Taxpayers' MSA price uncertain

April 24, 2007
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Neither of the teams hoping to redevelop the Market Square Arena site mention a specific figure for city incentive in documents filed with the city, but both say they need public money to make their projects work. In the $150-million...
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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