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For-profit college inks deal for a new local campus

March 11, 2010
Another for-profit college is eying an expansion into the Indianapolis area. The publicly traded Corinthian Colleges Inc., based in Santa Ana, Calif., plans to take 40,000 square feet in the Heritage Park office park southeast of Interstates 465 and 69.

Zoning board denies new digital sign for IBJ Media

March 3, 2010
A city planning board has denied a request from IBJ Media Corp. for a new sign including a small variable-message component outside its headquarters at 41 E. Washington St.

Group pitches motorsports park for southwest side

March 2, 2010
A local man wants to build a motorsports park complete with a Motocross track, one-fifth-mile dirt track and ATV trails on 36 acres near Interstate 465 and Mann Road on the southwest side.

Restoration work begins for Old Northside landmark

March 1, 2010
Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana has taken over the Romanesque Revival former church known as Old Centrum along Central Avenue at 12th Street.

Downtown shakeup: Tea Cozy closes, Sahm's moves, Urban Elements expands

February 25, 2010
Check out a roundup of big changes for the downtown restaurant scene including Tea Cozy, Sahm's and Urban Element, plus a new fitness option at the Majestic Building.

New international grocery, Broad Ripple restaurant, Noblesville butcher shop

February 24, 2010
An around town retail roundup includes several new restaurants including Monon Food Co. and Puerto Vallarta, a new international grocery on the south side, and a new butcher shop in Noblesville.

Parking hangup slows renovation of blighted apartment building

February 19, 2010
A local developer's plans to renovate a long-vacant and graffiti-covered 1915 building along Meridian Street have hit a snag over a lack of parking.

Sandor plans HQ move from midtown Indy to Carmel

February 17, 2010
Strip-center specialist Sandor Development Co. is moving its headquarters to Hamilton County after almost 50 years in Indianapolis.

Law firm adds Old Northside mansion to its campus

February 10, 2010
The law firm Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP has spent more than $1 million to add the 1871 Eden-Talbott house to its campus in the Old Northside Historic District.

Up for sale: Depression-era former post office in Franklin

February 9, 2010
The City of Franklin is offering two vacant buildings for sale, including the 1936 post office that served as Franklin's City Hall from the early 1980s until 2008.

Roundup: People bakery replaces former dog bakery

February 8, 2010
Check out a roundup of restaurant and retail news, including a new bakery in Irvington, a replacement for a Starbucks in Indianapolis and a new pizza joint in Franklin.

Board votes to protect historic German church

February 3, 2010
The Metropolitan Development Commission has approved an emergency motion to protect a 1914 church at the northeast corner of Washington Street and German Church Road.

Emerson Heights wins historic designation

February 2, 2010
Emerson Heights, a streetcar suburb just west of Irvington, has been added to the State Historic Register and will be considered for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

Investor buys vacant Castleton-area hotel

January 28, 2010
A vacant former Country Inn & Suites along Interstate 69 just north of I-465 is getting a new owner with plans to reopen the 85-room property in the Spring.

Independent Carmel bookstore closing

January 26, 2010
An independent book shop specializing in mystery and suspense novels is closing after a seven-year run in Carmel.

City Market proposals: Microbrewery, bicycle hub, agriculture showcase

January 18, 2010
Six groups are vying to lead a redevelopment effort for the struggling Indianapolis City Market. Check out summaries of each of the proposals.

Around town roundup: Red Lion, Pat-A-Cakes, Firehouse

January 15, 2010
A new English-style pub and restaurant is planned for Fountain Square, a new bakery is coming to Fishers and Firehouse Subs plans to open its second Indianapolis-area location near 86th Street and Michigan Road.

Developer plans expansion of Riley Towers apartments

January 12, 2010
The owner of downtown's Riley Towers apartments is working on plans for a 5-story expansion at 225 E. North St. that would add 54 apartment units and more than 4,000 square feet of retail space.

Shoppers World taking former Target space

January 6, 2010
Discount department-store chain Shoppers World has signed a deal to take over a shuttered Target store on the south side.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore closing Carmel outpost

January 5, 2010
The Ashley Furniture store in Carmel will close later this month after the owner and landlord failed to come to terms on a lease renewal.

Flying Cupcake expands, Bobby Joe's shuts down

January 4, 2010
The Flying Cupcake Bakery is opening a new location along Mass Ave next door to Scholar's Inn downtown. Plus, more restaurant news!

Kidding aside: Morty's Comedy Joint closing

December 29, 2009
Morty's Comedy Joint is slated to close for good on Jan. 4 after a four-year run at 3625 E. 96th St.

Trustee picks Buckingham to redevelop former YMCA site

December 23, 2009
Locally based Buckingham Cos. has won the right to redevelop a 2-acre property at 860 W. 10th St. near the IUPUI campus.

Scotty's is growing again, this time on Geist Reservoir

December 22, 2009
The popular local chain Scotty's Brewhouse is planning a new outpost on Geist Reservoir.

Irish pub Fionn MacCool's shuts down in Fishers

December 17, 2009
The Irish pub and restaurant Fionn MacCool's has closed after a four-year run.

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  1. Why should citizens rates increase forever to basically reduce Dukes cost to operate in the future? They will have no meter readers, no connect/disconnect personnel and will need fewer lineman to handle the same number of customers. Add to that the ability to replace customer service by giving detailed information electronically. Why do we have to subsidize the cost cutting measures of a Public Utility?

  2. In response to Sassafras, I have to ask if you relocated directly from Bloomington to Carmel? First, as you point out, Carmel is 48 square miles. Do you think it’s possible that some areas are more densely developed than others? That might explain traffic density in some places while others are pretty free moving. Second, your comment “have you ever been to Chicago--or just about any city outside of Indiana?” belies your bias. I don’t know, Sassafras, have you never been to Nashville, Columbus, OH, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Phoenix? They’re not a lot different in density than Indy. One more thing…I understand these comment sections are for expressing opinions, so those of us just looking for facts have to be patient, but you mention “low-density” Indy. How many cities in the US comprise 400 square miles with about 10% of that still being agricultural? Those facts certainly can impact the statistics.

  3. With all the past shady actions of Duke with utility regulators, one wonders do they really need such a huge amount? Concerned regulators not protecting ratepayers from the aggressive Duke monolith.

  4. I thought that had to be the way it was but had to ask because I wasn't sure. Thanks Again!

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