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DeVry wins abatements for nursing school

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Indianapolis’ Metropolitan Development Commission awarded property tax abatements on Wednesday afternoon to Downers Grove, Ill.-based DeVry Inc., which plans to start a nursing school at its campus at 9100 Keystone Crossing.

The request for abatement, however, drew opposition from the Nora-Northside Community Council and Metropolitan School District of Washington Township.

The Chamberlain College of Nursing, a for-profit division of DeVry Inc., is set to open in October in 24,000 square feet of leased space. The school would employ 55 people at an average wage of $28.85 an hour, according to city filings.

To offset the $2 million investment, DeVry will receive a four-year abatement enabling it to save $44,103.66 in real property taxes and $17,839.16 in personal property taxes. The opening of the school should result in an increase of $1.3 million to the city’s tax base.

DeVry will sign a 10-year lease for the space and hopes to enroll 650 students within the next three years, according to city documents.

But Ruth Hayes, president of the north-side community council, questioned why MDC would grant economic incentives to a company moving into such a bustling area.

“To name a high-end, upscale commercial neighborhood as being in the need of revitalization is absurd,” she said. “To claim such is a sham, a phony claim.”

Phil Smith, the school district’s director of operations, echoed Hayes’ concerns. He said the school system’s capital projects fund, used to support building maintenance, would suffer if the abatements were granted.

DeVry also has been awarded $425,000 in state tax credits.

In addition on Wednesday, the MDC granted property tax abatements to locally based Heritage Technologies LLC. Its Micronutrients subsidiary, a manufacturer of animal trace mineral nutrients, plans to invest $23 million to grow its west-side operation, adding 44 jobs over the next three years.

The company broke ground last month on a new plant, which will be located next to its existing production facility and headquarters at 1550 Research Way near West Washington Street and South Girls School Road.

The first of three production lines should be completed by October.

MDC awarded the company seven years real property tax abatement and 10 years personal property tax abatement.

 

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  • Misleading Wages
    The per hour average quoted here is quite likely misleading to fraudulant. Most proprietary schools will pay $20 to $30 an hour (in a per class contract) for classroom instruction but not compensate for prep time. For a classroom of just 10 or 15 students this can add up to an hour of prep (writing lessons & exams, office hours, and grading) for each hour of instruction. Do the math and you are looking at no better than $10 to 15 an hour for a teacher with Masters level+ education in medical science. This is why they often struggle in teacher retention, in addition to charging upto 3 to 4 times a community college and spending 20%+ of revenue on marketing.
  • ??
    Indiana already provides for property tax exemptions for educational facilities (including for-profit)...why did they need to get an abatement?

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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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