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Condo building nears completion

January 18, 2008
Workers are putting finishing touches on the exterior of a new 17-unit condo building dubbed 707 East North on the eastern edge of downtown. The $20 million...

Going out of business

January 3, 2008
Several stores are calling it quits at local malls. The highest profile is the Macy's at Washington Square. Other closings include Gap stores, a Limited Too and The Walking Co. Have...

Finale underway for Piano Merchant

December 26, 2007
The Piano Merchant is closing after almost 22 years in business at the corner of 54th Street and College Avenue. One of the three partners is ill and another...

Bar & Grill replacing trophy shop

December 21, 2007
Brothers Bar & Grill, a small Wisconsin-based chain, has filed plans to replace Broad Ripple Trophy Center at one of the neighborhood's most prominent corners, said Senior Planner Bryan...

Future murky for Lafayette Square

December 12, 2007
If Simon couldn't revive Lafayette Square Mall, what can be expected from an out-of-town company without the same mall experience? Simon Property Group is selling the 1.2 million-square-foot Lafayette Square Mall to...

Antiques mall expanding

December 5, 2007
Midland Arts & Antiques Market plans to open a 12,000-square-foot location in Carmel off of 126th Street between Meridian Street and Keystone Avenue. Midland's flagship store occupies an historic former door factory and...

A new floral arrangement

December 3, 2007
Looking for flowers downtown? There's a new arrangement, thanks to a shakeup among locally based florists. Enflora Flowers for Business, part of McNamara, plans to open in Chase Tower in early February. And...

Fountain Square buildings for sale

November 15, 2007
A prime block of Fountain Square real estate is on the market. Businessman Don Swayze is asking $1.2 million for two buildings and a used-car lot he owns along Virginia...

Fresh Market rendering

November 8, 2007
Several people have asked about renderings of the new Fresh Market at 54th and College. The best I can do for now is this color elevation. The top image is the view from 54th Street and shows the entrance for...

Old Builder's Square finally leased

November 6, 2007
The empty big-box Builder's Square near Lafayette Square Mall finally has a new tenant after sitting vacant more than 10 years. Garden Ridge, a Texas-based home-decor chain, plans to take the 110,000-square-foot...

Furs, golf, fitness and Whac-A-Mole

October 31, 2007
A couple of nuggets from recent development plans: Making Way for Venu: Another Woodfield Centre tenant is moving to make way for redevelopment. Elan Furs has filed plans to take space in Clearwater Shoppes...

Whole Foods and a retractable roof

October 27, 2007
Premier Properties, the developer of Venu at 86th Street and Keystone Avenue, has acquired a 13-acre property across the street where another developer had planned to build a Whole Foods and condos. Premier...

Saxony map features upscale tenants

October 26, 2007
Is it a wish list, or are some of the nation's top retailers eyeing the Saxony project in Hamilton County? Some big names, including Lacoste, North Face and Polo, appear on a map...

Westfield's booming growth

October 25, 2007
The 19-square-mile, 24,000-population town of Westfield could balloon to 56 square miles and 110,000 people in the next several years. More than 11,000 new homes are in the works. And the residential rush...

It's time for a retail roundup

October 17, 2007
Southport shakeup. Big changes are underway at Southport and Gray roads on the south side. An LA Fitness, the city's third, is under construction on 4.5 acres west of Gray Road. The...

Foot Locker taking Flagstar space

September 24, 2007
Foot Locker has filed plans to open a 3,300-square-foot store at the corner of Meridian and Washington streets downtown. The space currently is home to Flagstar Bank, which plans to move to...

Farewell, mediocre pizza buffet

September 4, 2007
At the top of a lunch-time retail roundup: Downtown's Bearno's Pizza has closed and will be replaced by Flagstar Bank. A sign on the door says to look for Bearno's elsewhere in...

Indy fitness craze continues

August 14, 2007
With so many new fitness chains entering the central Indiana market, will Hoosier become synonymous with svelte? The latest additions: A Minnesota fitness chain has plans for new locations in Avon, Brownsburg, Carmel,...

Simon defending Fashion Mall turf

August 9, 2007
At least one local broker thinks Simon's plans to expand the Fashion Mall are a competitive jab at Premier Properties, which is planning a mixed-use development called Venu southwest of the intersection of...

New Pan Am owner has retail plans

July 30, 2007
A Houston firm has agreed to buy Pan Am Plaza's office building, skating rinks and the plaza itself. The company, Principle Equity Management, is planning a low-rise, restaurant-anchored development that would...

Tax abatement on Aisle 5

July 24, 2007
Marsh Supermarkets is hoping for final approval next month of a five-year tax abatement worth about $50,000 for a renovation of its downtown O'Malia's store. The company plans to invest $1.5 million...

Sizzling malls add more new stores

July 19, 2007
North-siders are set to get even more shopping and dining options in the coming months. Several new retailers have filed plans to open new stores in the Fashion Mall at...

Furniture chain eyes 3 Indy stores

July 6, 2007
A Chicago-based furniture store is planning three new locations in Indianapolis. Harlem Furniture has 16 stores in Chicago and Northwest Indiana. The first central Indiana store, in Greenwood, replaces the old Frank's...

A 'bounce house' to rule them all

June 19, 2007
This has to be the coolest use of warehouse space yet. A Fishers company called BounceZone has leased 12,000 square feet northwest of 146th Street and Cumberland Road in Noblesville with plans...

Town Center eyed for Bloomington

June 18, 2007
One of the companies promoting Hamilton County's Saxony is also leasing a new town center project in Bloomington. The 575-acre development would sit northwest of the intersection of State Road 37 and...

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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now