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Fun with renderings & Walmart

July 1, 2008
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Check out the proposed look for Brothers Bar & Grill in Broad Ripple (reported here in December). Keystone Construction has been awarded the...
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Neighbors appeal CVS approval

June 23, 2008
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The Old Northside Neighborhood Association is fighting an administrative approval of plans to build a CVS pharmacy at the southeast corner of 16th and Meridian streets. The Metropolitan Development...
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Rink-Savoy, Fresh Market & more

June 12, 2008
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Rink-Savoy honored A $7.4-million renovation of the Rink-Savoy apartment building downtown (shown here) has won first place in a competition that honors the best in developments that utilize low income housing tax...
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Rebirth for Ambassador?

June 9, 2008
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Two local developers have submitted bids to redevelop the Ambassador apartments adjacent to the Central Library. Van Rooy and Buckingham both proposed mixed uses for the Ambassador building, with street-level retail and commercial...
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Update: Monon Place approved

June 4, 2008
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The Metropolitan Development Commission approved a $15-million Broad Ripple redevelopment project by a 9-0 vote this afternoon, disagreeing with a handful of vocal remonstrators. In siding with the developer,...
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State drops canal development

May 24, 2008
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A 1-acre site along the Central Canal will not be developed, at least for now, a state official said in an e-mail. The state's public finance director, Jennifer Alvey,...
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Metropolis could get Bass Pro

May 17, 2008
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Plainfield's top retail destination could become a much larger draw if a Florida-based developer gets its way. DeBartolo Development has a preliminary deal to buy Metropolis and hopes to land Bass Pro Shops...
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Update: CVS files renderings

May 16, 2008
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Check out the renderings for a CVS pharmacy at the southeast corner of 16th and Meridian streets. A previous post on the development is here. What do you think? By request, the siteplan is More

Update: Monon Place tabled

May 7, 2008
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Developers proposing a $15-million Broad Ripple project won a continuance today despite objections from remonstrators who pulled their children out of school to attend the hearing. Buckingham Cos. is...
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A new Cosmopolitan view

May 5, 2008
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Check out this new rendering of the $33 million Cosmopolitan on the Canal project. Locally based Flaherty & Collins Properties is building on a site...
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Ripple redevelopment, take two

May 1, 2008
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A local firm has a new plan for redeveloping a 14-acre site in Broad Ripple. The $15-million Monon Place project calls for 150 new apartments, a clubhouse and pool...
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Buckingham plans $45M 'village'

April 28, 2008
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A local developer has big plans for the neighborhood around the renovated Central Library. Buckingham Cos. plans to spend up to $45 million building new...
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Roundup: Bowling alley closing

April 22, 2008
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Sport Bowl calling it quitsThe owners of Sport Bowl, a south-side institution for 67 years, plan to close in about a week. The 32-lane bowling alley has struggled since locally based Royal Pin...
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CVS to replace downtown IHOP

April 18, 2008
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CVS has filed plans to build a new store where an IHOP now stands at the corner of 16th and Meridian streets. The new pharmacy would replace the iconic...
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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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Mall getting go-karts and golf

March 14, 2008
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The new owners of Lafayette Square Mall are plotting a $12-million redevelopment that would add a go-kart track and PC gaming area to the former Lazarus. New York-based...
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Rendering for Mass Ave project

March 7, 2008
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What do you think of the proposed replacement for a one-story, township-owned structure on Mass Ave? (Click for a larger version.) The $9 million plan, proposed by...
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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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Newsstand could be history

March 3, 2008
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The owners of Delaware News Co., one of the city's last remaining old-school newsstands, are getting out of the business after more than a dozen years. Phil...
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Fabric, French food and fillings

February 27, 2008
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Today's collection of retail and restaurant nuggets are brought to you by the letter F. Eastside institution closing Circle Fabric, a staple at 30th Street and Shadeland Avenue for more...
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What's old is new again

February 22, 2008
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On this nasty Friday, I've got a few updates on previous posts. Hope everyone has a nice weekend. Here goes: What was Flagstar thinking? Flagstar Bank has added yet...
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Circle Centre anchor struggles

February 21, 2008
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The parent company of Circle Centre Mall anchor Carson Pirie Scott has joined a growing list of retailers struggling to stay afloat after disappointing fourth-quarter sales. About half...
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Is mall's sign a billboard?

February 20, 2008
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The city waived several zoning requirements in allowing Simon Property Group to install a giant electronic sign at the entrance to Castleton Square Mall. The electronic portion of...
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Latest real estate headlines

February 19, 2008
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It's a busy week for real estate news. Here are a few headlines: Circuit City closes Clay Terrace store Carmel's high-end lifestyle center Clay Terrace has an empty big box. Virginia-based Circuit...
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Retail woes continue with Cabela's

February 1, 2008
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Banking on the regional draw of outdoor retail giant Cabela's, developers have been planning more than 100 acres of hotels, a water park, restaurants and other retail space for the southwest corner of...
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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