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City not impressed with fixes proposed by Di Rimini developer

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What makes a developer think he can win approval for one design and construct an entirely different building? How did no one at the city notice until the structure was almost complete? What happens now? Those are the big questions surrounding the Di Rimini apartment project at the southeast corner of Capitol Avenue and St. Clair Street.

As reported in last week’s IBJ, the city’s Department of Code Enforcement issued a stop-work order in September for the project at 733 N. Capitol Ave., and Senior City Planner Jeff York gave developer Di Rimini LLC a list of 35 points where the project built differs from the one approved.

Developer Jeff Sparks met with city planners Oct. 1 to offer proposed fixes, but York said the developer’s offer was not adequate.
 

OTB real estate The Di Rimini project at 733 N. Capitol Ave. differs from the approved plan. (IBJ Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

“The plans we received from Mr. Sparks were less than what we were expecting,” York said. “We are continuing discussions internally to figure out next steps.”

If the developer can’t come to terms with city planners, the current approval could be voided and ultimately the fate of the project could wind up in court.

The fact the project is almost complete could play in the developer’s favor. So why didn’t the city notice sooner? Because “the property owner is ultimately responsible for performing the work they say they will,” said Kate Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Department of Code Enforcement.

In this case, the developer secured permits for a project that matched the approved plans but went ahead and built something else, Johnson said. The department doesn’t inspect properties for plan compliance unless they receive a complaint.

“The fault is the developer’s,” York added. “We don’t have the staff to double-check to see if every project is built as approved.”

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  1. It is nice and all that the developer grew up here and lives here, but do you think a company that builds and rehabs cottage-style homes has the chops to develop $150 Million of office, retail, and residential? I'm guessing they will quickly be over their skis and begging the city for even more help... This project should occur organically and be developed by those that can handle the size and scope of something like this as several other posters have mentioned.

  2. It amazes me how people with apparently zero knowledge of free markets or capitalism feel the need to read and post on a business journal website. Perhaps the Daily Worker would suit your interests better. It's definitely more sympathetic to your pro government theft views. It's too bad the Star is so awful as I'm sure you would find a much better home there.

  3. In other cities, expensive new construction projects are announced by real estate developers. In Carmel, they are announced by the local mayor. I am so, so glad I don't live in Carmel's taxbase--did you see that Carmel, a small Midwest suburb, has $500 million in debt?? That's unreal! The mayor thinks he's playing with Lego sets and Monopoly money here! Let these projects develop organically without government/taxpayer backing! Also, from a design standpoint, the whole town of Carmel looks comical. Grand, French-style buildings and promenades, sitting next to tire yards. Who do you guys think you are? Just my POV as a recent transplant to Indy.

  4. GeorgeP, you mention "necessities". Where in the announcement did it say anything about basic essentials like groceries? None of the plans and "vision" have basic essentials listed and nothing has been built. Traffic WILL be a nightmare. There is no east/west road capacity. GeorgeP, you also post on www.carmelchatter.com and your posts have repeatedly been proven wrong. You seem to have a fair amount of inside knowledge. Do you work on the third floor of Carmel City Hal?

  5. I don't know about the commuter buses...but it's a huge joke to see these IndyGo buses with just one or two passengers. Absolutely a disgusting waste of TAXPAYER money. Get some cojones and stop funding them. These (all of them) council members work for you. FIRE THEM!

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