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City plans to install solar panels at public works buildings

August 25, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city has put out a request seeking companies or teams of firms qualified to install solar photovoltaic systems at three of its public works buildings and garages.
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City to seek more parking for Rolls-Royce's move

August 23, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The Capital Improvement Board will be charged with helping Rolls-Royce Corp. find up to an additional 500 parking spaces to accommodate the company’s move to a downtown office campus formerly occupied by Eli Lilly and Co.
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Public safety official Mayes leaves postRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Jonathan Mayes, an attorney who served just over a year as deputy public safety director under Frank Straub, has joined Bose McKinney & Evans' Labor and Employment Practice Group.
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Parking deal netting city more meter money

August 19, 2011
Scott Olson
In the quarter ended June 30, the city's share of revenue from parking meters totaled $498,273 compared with $108,265 in the same time frame of 2010, a 360-percent increase.
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City gives $82,000 for IndyFringe theater project

August 19, 2011
The grant from the city's parking meter fund will be used to rebuild a nearby alleyway, repair sidewalks and install access curbs at the organization's theater building on Saint Clair Street.
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City chamber of commerce, Develop Indy might merge

August 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chamber Chairman John Neighbours said he "wouldn't rule out" combining the economic development groups.
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City to cut $20 million from most departments in 2012

August 11, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis will shed 200 positions next year to help cut $20 million from non-public safety agencies.
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Report: Investigators tailed Libman before resignation

August 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
A WXIN-TV Channel 59 report suggests the city of Carmel hired private investigators to tail Steven Libman, who resigned abruptly last month as CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.
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'Buy local' law could make projects costlierRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A new state law that alters the public bidding process could add complication and possibly millions of dollars to a soon-to-be-bid segment of a massive Indianapolis sewer project.
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City cracking down on noncompliant tax breaks

August 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
The city of Indianapolis is seeking to overturn property tax breaks for more than 20 companies that continued to apply for abatement even though they were unable to meet job commitments.
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Housing agency buying its building for $2.1M

July 25, 2011
Scott Olson
The City-County Council's Metropolitan Development Commission is set to hear a proposal Monday evening to allow IHA to purchase its headquarters building at 1919 N. Meridian St.
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City poised to rebrand, revamp Georgia Street

July 23, 2011
Cory Schouten
Community and business leaders are considering whether to change the name of a three-block portion of Georgia Street as part of a $12 million streetscape overhaul.
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Mayoral foe: Utilities sale money should fund 'human capital'

July 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Democratic mayoral candidate Melina Kennedy unveiled a proposal Friday to set aside $150 million in proceeds from the sale of the city's water and sewer utilities to fund early education, crime prevention and job training.
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City seeking long-term operator of Eagle Creek course

July 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Bids are due by July 29 for an eight-year contract to manage the golf club. The city intends to sue the former operator in an attempt to recover more than $200,000 after he defaulted on a $3.5 million loan.
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City seeks to close south-side hotel on nuisance charges

July 12, 2011
The owners of the Traveler's Inn on Bluff Road face public nuisance charges and are accused of operating without a proper business license, according to a lawsuit filed by the city on Monday.
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EDITORIAL: City should share more details on garage dealRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
The city’s decision to entice a developer to build a parking garage in Broad Ripple is entirely appropriate—we just wish there were more transparency about the deal that will involve more than $6 million of city money.
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City taps downtown TIF funds for bridge repairsRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The city is bidding work to repair concrete and add a green roof to the Meridian Street Bridge adjacent to downtown Union Station.
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City exploring Mass Ave redevelopment options

July 8, 2011
Scott Olson
Property that houses Indianapolis Fire Department facilities on North New Jersey Street, bordering Massachusetts Avenue, could be sold to private developers. In turn, city police and fire services could be better connected.
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City mum on economics of $15M parking garageRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Cory Schouten
City officials and the developer of a proposed parking garage in Broad Ripple have refused to share financial projections for the project, describing the documents as a "trade secret" exempt from public disclosure.
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Shrinking revenue puts Ballard in hot seatRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A drop in local income-tax revenue could put Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard between a familiar political rock and hard place as he faces re-election. Next year’s budgets must be approved in October, when Ballard’s race with Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy will be in the home stretch.
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Rejected bidder cries foul over demolition of Keystone Towers

June 28, 2011
Scott Olson
Titan Wrecking & Environmental bid about $255,000 less than the winning proposal to demolish Keystone Towers, but was rejected because of missing paperwork. The company owner says the city could have overlooked the omissions to save taxpayers money.
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Startup takes on abandoned homes in IndianapolisRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis is in the early stages of expanding the practice of land banks, which allow government agencies and not-for-profits to take over tax-foreclosed properties and put them back into productive use,. Land banks have shown positive results in states such as Michigan and Ohio.
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Bush Stadium fixup fans tax tensionsRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city plans to tap a taxing district downtown to help pay for the Bush Stadium renovation, rekindling concern among some elected officials and taxing experts that the Mayor’s Office is using the massive district to fund whatever special city needs crop up.
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City's Rebuild Indy money to revamp railroad overpassesRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The city of Indianapolis released bids soliciting contractors to repaint, clean and add lighting underneath the overpasses at Meridian, Pennsylvania and Illinois streets and College and Capitol avenues downtown, and on 10th Street east of the Monon Trail.
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Commission: Turn dying GM plant into vibrant neighborhood

June 24, 2011
J.K. Wall
A 10-member commission told city leaders to turn the defunct 115-acre General Motors metal stamping plant site into a hip, funky neighborhood with an eye-catching bridge across the White River for easy access to downtown.
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