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Around town real estate roundup

March 26, 2009
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New headquarters and museum planned: Workers are renovating space in Claypool Court for a new Drum Corps International headquarters and a museum for the Percussive Arts Society. The not-for-profit DCI plans to take...
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Brokers revise plan for key lots

March 23, 2009
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The owners of two vacant buildings and a fenced lot along Washington Street downtown aren’t giving up on redevelopment even after their plans for a...
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Restaurant comings and goings

March 11, 2009
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Wrecking crews this week tore down the Best Rentals building at 123 N. New Jersey St. The most recent plans for the space, revealed to city planners...
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Jack in the Box coming to Indy

March 9, 2009
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The West Coast fast-food stalwart Jack in the Box is looking to expand to Indianapolis this year. The San Diego-based burger chain plans...
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Mass Ave building changes hands

March 3, 2009
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An iconic flatiron building on Massachusetts Avenue downtown has a new owner nearly three years after the property first went on the market, IBJ's Chip Cutter reports...
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Around town retail roundup

February 10, 2009
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A new restaurant called Stanley's New York Deli plans to open Feb. 28 at the corner of 86th Street and Ditch Road. Owner Greg Abes named the 3,800-square-foot deli for his father...
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Red Mango headed to Ripple

January 20, 2009
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A hip frozen yogurt chain with a foothold in California and New York is getting ready to stake a claim in Broad Ripple. Red Mango has filed...
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Scholar's Inn Bakehouse closes

January 9, 2009
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Scholar's Inn Bakehouse has closed its cafe at the corner of College and Broad Ripple avenues. The locally based chain still is operating...
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The Music Mill is closing

January 7, 2009
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The restaurant, bar and concert venue Music Mill plans to shut down next month after a four-year run at 3720 E. 82nd St. near the Fashion Mall...
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Time to Tango?

December 30, 2008
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Looks like the Taste of Tango will get off the ground after all. Workers yesterday installed a black awning on the building's brown facade (fashion...
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More downtown restaurant news

December 22, 2008
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Noodles & Co. plans to open in the long-vacant former home of Hard Times Cafe, which is just west of Houlihan's and Steak n Shake on Maryland Street. The Colorado-based chain...
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RIP J. Gumbo's. Who's next?

December 15, 2008
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In a move that probably won't surprise anyone who tried the food, J. Gumbo's is closing after a six-month run on the first floor of the Hampton...
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Hot Box coming to Carmel

November 25, 2008
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The Hot Box pizza chain has reached a deal with a pair of veteran local restaurateurs to open two new locations in Carmel. The first, scheduled to open in January, will...
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Hip sandwich chain eyes Indy

November 18, 2008
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A Dallas-based sandwich chain plans to open up to 10 locations in central Indiana in the next several years, IBJ's Chip Cutter reports. Local franchisee Darcie Mueting is scoping out real estate...
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Around town retail round-up

November 11, 2008
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Several retail nuggets to peruse today: Reis-Nichols plans to add 2,000 square feet to its Greenwood store by taking over the former Steve's Flowers & Gifts space. The $500,000 project is slated to...
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Another D'vine move; Siam Square

October 10, 2008
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A popular northside wine bar will close at the end of October to move to a smaller space behind Castleton Square Mall. D'vine a wine bar moved from Woodfield Crossing...
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Credit mess puts Ralston on hold

October 2, 2008
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A $60 million project slated for South Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets is on hold until credit markets return to some semblance of normal, the developer...
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Around town retail roundup

September 30, 2008
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Loads of retail news to report today: UPDATE: The Taste of Tango restaurant may be back on track. A sign on the door says the restaurant is "coming soon" and "now hiring." Old...
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City, BW3 reach deal

September 15, 2008
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The owners of downtown's new BW3 and city planners have reached agreement on a new design. Changes shown in the rendering below include new lighting fixtures and removal of yellow "highlights" behind them, along with removal of black-and-white checkers on...
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Watch out, King David

September 11, 2008
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A California chain called Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom plans to open a new store in Circle Centre Mall. The restaurant calls itself "Home of the Haut Dog" and serves gourmet...
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Buggs Temple restaurant closing

September 9, 2008
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Tavern at the Temple restaurant at 11th Street and the Central Canal in Buggs Temple will close for good on Wednesday. Creation Cafe, a casual restaurant and...
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BW3 proposes calmer look

September 3, 2008
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The back-and-forth continues between city planners and the developer of a new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant along Washington Street downtown. Franchise owner Pete Watson has offered to tone down the facade a bit, offering this picture: More

BW3 defies city's request

August 20, 2008
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Buffalo Wild Wings has responded to the city's beef with its Washington Street façade by submitting a new plan showing the exact design it already constructed. The...
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Glendale lands Flat Top Grill

August 14, 2008
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Indy is becoming a hotbed for chain stir-fry restaurants. A popular player, Flat Top Grill, has signed a letter of intent with developer Kite Realty Group Trust to open a new...
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Rivers Edge & crazy for cafes

August 5, 2008
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Kite Realty Group Trust remains mum on its plans for the Rivers Edge shopping center just east of Clearwater Crossing, even in an application for rezoning filed this month. Kite...
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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