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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. I could be wrong, but I don't think Butler views the new dorm as mere replacements for Schwitzer and or Ross.

  2. An increase of only 5% is awesome compared to what most consumers face or used to face before passage of the ACA. Imagine if the Medicaid program had been expanded to the 400k Hoosiers that would be eligible, the savings would have been substantial to the state and other policy holders. The GOP predictions of plan death spirals, astronomical premium hikes and shortages of care are all bunk. Hopefully voters are paying attention. The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare), where fully implemented, has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured and helped contained the growth in healthcare costs.

  3. So much for competition lowering costs.

  4. As I understand the proposal, Keystone would take on the debt, not the city/CRC. So the $104K would not be used to service the $3.8M bond. Keystone would do that with its share.

  5. Adam C, if anything in Carmel is "packed in like sardines", you'll have to show me where you shop for groceries. Based on 2014 population estimates, Carmel has around 85,000 people spread across about 48 square miles, which puts its density at well below 1800 persons/sq mi, which is well below Indianapolis (already a very low-density city). Noblesville is minimally less dense than Carmel as well. The initiatives over the last few years have taken what was previously a provincial crossroads with no real identity beyond lack of poverty (and the predictably above-average school system) and turned it into a place with a discernible look, feel, and a center. Seriously, if you think Carmel is crowded, couldn't you opt to live in the remaining 95% of Indiana that still has an ultra-low density development pattern? Moreover, if you see Carmel as "over-saturated" have you ever been to Chicago--or just about any city outside of Indiana?

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