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 about 5,000 square feet, while the museum will take 16,000 square feet. The basement space, below the Weber Grill Restaurant, recently hosted "Bodies: The Exhibition". The new facility is slated to open in the fall.
Here comes the brew: A local beer enthusiast is renovating 7,000 square feet at 135 N. College Ave. for a microbrewery called Sun King Brewing Co. Former Ram brewer Omar Robinson plans to open the brewery between Market and Ohio streets sometime this summer. Indy.com's Neal Taflinger has more here.
Binford rebirth continues: A new restaurant called Binney's on the Boulevard plans to take about 3,000 square feet in renovated retail strip anchored by a new Kroger store at the northwest corner of 71st Street and Binford Boulevard.
Reusing an old Kmart: A Chicago developer plans to turn a vacant former Kmart store along Lafayette Road south of 38th Street into a discount mall. The 70,000-square-foot project, dubbed Indiana Discount Mall, will feature multiple vendors and will be open weekends starting in April.
More room to give: A plasma donation center at 502 N. Capitol Ave. downtown is doubling in size to more than 15,000 square feet. The facility is operated by Ohio-based Plasma Care Inc.
Schouten is an Indianapolis native and Indiana University graduate who joined IBJ in 2006 after stints at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Arizona Republic. He covered the real estate beat for most of those years, and launched the Property Lines blog, before taking over as managing editor in March 2013.
Schouten has been honored for investigative and enterprise reporting by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Alliance of Area Business Publications and the Society of Professional Journalists in Indianapolis. During his tenure as moderator of Property Lines, the blog was recognized twice as the best among business journals by the AAPB.
Schouten serves as secretary of the board of governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and is set to serve as the organization's president in 2016. He is treasurer of the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation, and a board member of the Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation.
He lives in Butler Tarkington with his wife and two rescue dogs.