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Sharks decline to take Carmel firm's bait

May 19, 2014
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Carmel-based Baker’s Edge may not have landed an investment on the season finale of ABC hit “Shark Tank,” but co-founder Matt Griffin nevertheless feels good about the experience.
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Court OKs selling off Carmel firm's property holdings

May 16, 2014
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A Hamilton County court has approved the sale of nine central Indiana properties tied to Carmel-based CFS Inc., which is facing a state securities fraud lawsuit. Twice as many remain on the market.
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Roundup: Tilted Kilt in Carmel, plus beer, burgers, sweet tea and toys

May 15, 2014
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Sports pub chain Tilted Kilt is planning a Carmel location. Plus: new beer options, McAlister's remodels, and a local toy store closes.
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Slow going for new 106th Street exit on I-69

May 13, 2014
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It seems fitting that the process of adding an interchange to relieve congestion on Interstate 69 appears to move about as fast as, well, rush-hour traffic on Interstate 69.
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Westfield council OKs $2.5M to make way for mixed-use project

May 12, 2014
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The city of Westfield will help Westfield High School replace its aging football stadium, making way for a $40 million commercial development planned for the corner of U.S. 31 and State Road 32.
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Developer reveals plans for $40M Westfield project

May 9, 2014
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A Westfield-based investment group is working on plans for a $40 million “life wellness” development on land it’s buying from Westfield-Washington Schools.
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Carmel redevelopment panel OKs $730K deal with Palladium contractor

May 7, 2014
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Carmel Redevelopment Commission members have agreed to pay $730,000 to settle the final piece of a years-old legal dispute tied to construction of the city’s Palladium concert hall, which opened in 2011.
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Hanging out at HamCo election central

May 6, 2014
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Hamilton County's Government & Judicial Center is open to folks who can't wait to see election results. I'm here for now: Anything you want to know?
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Carmel could tap emergency fund for road repairs

May 6, 2014
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Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard wants to take $1.5 million from the city’s Rainy Day Fund to fix streets damaged by the unusually harsh winter. Plus: Council OKs revised arts grants.
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Primaries matter despite one-sided races

May 5, 2014
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Tuesday’s primary election is more than a practice run for November—especially in Republican-dominated Hamilton County, where partisan voters essentially are choosing the eventual winner.
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Carmel's Main Street getting more upscale apartments

May 2, 2014
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Carmel officials have signed off on Keystone Realty Group’s plans to build a five-story mixed-use building southwest of Old Meridian and Main streets.
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Westfield schools ask city for $2.5M to speed development

April 29, 2014
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Westfield-Washington Schools is asking the city to help pay for a new football stadium to accelerate construction and make way for what’s being described as a $40 million-plus commercial development at U.S. 31 and State Road 32.
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Noblesville Schools, National Guard agree to land swap

April 25, 2014
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The Indiana National Guard is bugging out of its Noblesville armory, part of a years-in-the-making plan to turn the property over to a growing neighbor: Noblesville Schools.
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Noblesville's Grace Church extending its reach to Fishers

April 24, 2014
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After two false starts, Noblesville-based Grace Church is working on a deal to buy land for a satellite campus in Fishers.
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Carmel council delays annual arts funding

April 22, 2014
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Carmel City Council postponed approval of the city’s annual arts grant program Monday amid questions about “perceived gaps” in the municipal budget.
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Beck's, partner developing multi-hybrid planter

April 21, 2014
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Farming can be a tough row to hoe, but Hamilton County-based Beck’s Hybrids is reaping the benefits of improved technology. The company also is working on two projects to help its customers succeed.
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Carmel neighbors up in arms over plans for Monon Lake

April 18, 2014
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M/I Homes of Indiana's plans to develop a 43-home community on heavily wooded property along the Monon Greenway is facing opposition from neighbors and members of the Carmel Plan Commission.
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Construction season finally looms for high-end Carmel apartments

April 11, 2014
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Local developer Pittman Partners and multifamily specialist Barrett & Stokely Inc. are moving forward with plans for a $35 million apartment community near the Monon Greenway in Carmel.
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Roundup: Tasty plans for Carmel's Main Street, plus doughnuts and more

April 9, 2014
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A vacant Main Street storefront in Carmel’s Arts & Design District is set to be transformed into the tasting room for Napa Valley winery with local ties. Plus: local Thai and doughnuts, and chains galore.
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Lessons learned in the northern 'burbs

April 7, 2014
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IBJ’s experiment with place-based business news couldn’t have come at a better time—just as the fast-growing communities north of 96th Street began to emerge from the depths of the recession and look to the future.
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Noblesville bakery-cafe setting up shop in Zionsville

April 4, 2014
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Rosie’s Place, a popular downtown Noblesville café and bakery, plans to open a second location this year in Zionsville’s Village business district. Its expanded kitchen will serve as a production hub for Rosie's wholesale goodies.
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Study: Downtown Zionsville needs more restaurants

April 1, 2014
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Downtown Zionsville merchants produce an estimated $21.9 million in annual sales, or about 9 percent of the town’s total spending power, according to a market-share analysis. The suggested goal: 13 percent.
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Defunct Zionsville bakery files for bankruptcy protection

March 28, 2014
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The owner of a now-shuttered Zionsville bakery filed for bankruptcy protection last month and asked the court to stop a previous tenant from selling off property left behind when its storefront closed in January.
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Entrepreneur's events aim to appeal to new, growing families

March 27, 2014
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After launching (and selling) four businesses in eight years, serial entrepreneur Jenn Kampmeier is at it again. She's debuting a mini trade show for new and expectant parents in Carmel next month.
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Clock is ticking on Wigwam's future

March 26, 2014
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Organizers of an effort to save Anderson's iconic Wigwam gymnasium are lining up accredited investors and appealing for community support through a campaign on crowdfunding site GoFundMe.com.
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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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