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City won't take back suspect properties sold by Land Bank

June 14, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city of Indianapolis won't try to take back properties that were sold by its Indy Land Bank to suspect not-for-profits or to Naptown Housing Group LLC, in which former land bank director Reggie Walton is alleged to be a silent partner.
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City to host USA Cricket championships in 2014

June 14, 2013
The tournament is slated for the new Indianapolis World Sports Park on the far-east side for three years beginning in 2014, the USA Cricket Association said.
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Greenwood sues over failed pharmaceutical facility

June 13, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers says city officials had tried for months to help with talks with possible investors for Elona Biotechnologies, without any progress.
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City awards $1M in federal funds for bike-rental service

June 12, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Wisconsin-based B-Cycle LLC received a contract to spend up to $1.5 million to install its electronic stations and purchase bikes. Any spending beyond the federal funds will be covered by the Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc.
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Bike sharing lined up for downtown Cultural Trail

June 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city is prepared to award $1.5 million in federal funds to Wisconsin-based B-Cycle LLC, which would provide the service along the 8-mile route downtown.
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Councilor raises questions about cricket group's track record

June 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The USA Cricket Association, a group that Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard hopes will bring high-level competition to a new $6 million local sports park, staged zero national tournaments in 2012.
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Indy gets $1.6M from EPA to address brownfields

June 6, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis is launching a new strategy devoted to cleaning up abandoned industrial sites and sparking development in some of the capital city's most blighted neighborhoods.
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Fraud victim says he was duped twice over land bank house

June 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Joseph Satterfield says he paid twice for his residence at 624 Congress Ave., but he still doesn’t have his hands on the deed to the house that was held by the Indy Land Bank.
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San Francisco firm set to land towing contract

June 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
AutoReturn is in line for a five-year citywide towing-management deal after getting unanimous approval Wednesday from the Indianapolis Board of Code Enforcement.
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Metropolitan development director gains deputy

June 4, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The department has been without a deputy director since 2002, when former Mayor Bart Peterson eliminated the position because of budget reductions, DMD spokesman John Bartholomew said.
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IndyGo jettisons big-name designersRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Scott Olson
An internationally known architectural team chosen to design a proposed IndyGo transit hub is no longer on the project, to no surprise of local architects who insist the transit agency botched the selection process from the start.
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Commission OK'd land bank deals with charities

May 29, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
City development officials were outraged last year to learn that the Indy Land Bank allowed investors to circumvent a public bidding process for real estate by working through a not-for-profit entity. Yet they continued to approve Land Bank transactions with not-for-profits.
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City-county board awards $65M in tech contracts

May 28, 2013
Mason King
The contracts will help support technology infrastructure, applications and the indy.gov Internet portals for more than 50 departments and agencies in the city-county government.
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High-profile developer chases Indy debutRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Scott Olson
Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises Inc., developer of the 76-story New York by Gehry in New York City, is teaming with Keystone Group in its bid to redevelop a prime piece of downtown real estate where Market Square Arena once stood.
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City fires indicted DMD employees, hires special attorney

May 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The city terminated two employees indicted this week on fraud charges stemming from a bribery scheme involving the Indianapolis Land Bank. It also hired a veteran attorney to review city policies and handle communications about the scheme.
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City panel tables approval of new towing contract

May 24, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Board of Code Enforcement put off voting on a new citywide towing-management contract Thursday after members said they wanted more information about the bids from San Francisco-based AutoReturn and its local competitors.
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City expected to award towing contract to California firm

May 23, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will choose a San Francisco-based company to oversee city-ordered towing under a contract expected to be authorized Thursday afternoon.
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Mayor suspends land bank after indictments

May 22, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Wednesday sidelined a city program that sells vacant and tax-delinquent properties, one day after federal prosecutors indicted two of its top officials for allegedly accepting bribes and kickbacks.
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Feds used wire tap, undercover agent in Land Bank probe

May 21, 2013
Cory Schouten
A federal public-corruption task force used a wire tap and an undercover FBI agent to unravel a fraud scheme authorities say was orchestrated by two city employees and three co-conspirators.
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Feds charge 5 in Indy Land Bank kickback scheme

May 21, 2013
Cory Schouten
Federal prosecutors have charged two city employees in the Department of Metropolitan Development and three others in a scheme involving cash kickbacks on the sale of properties in the Indy Land Bank.
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FBI searches City-County Building, makes multiple arrests in Land Bank probe

May 21, 2013
Cory Schouten
FBI agents on Tuesday morning conducted a warrant search at the Department of Metropolitan Development in the City-County Building, shortly after agents arrested multiple people, including city employees.
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Ex-councilor Bateman sentenced to 27 months in prison

May 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Paul C. Bateman Jr. had pleaded guilty in January to his part in defrauding an Indianapolis physician of $1.7 million.
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Oesterle sells land to Angie's List, reaping millionsRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Angie’s List Inc. CEO Bill Oesterle has collected millions of dollars over the years by renting to the company property for its campus along East Washington Street. Now, the landlord and chief executive is pocketing millions more by selling Angie’s the property, at well above its assessed value.
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Kessler Mansion neighbors balk at business uses

May 15, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis City-County Councilor is looking into the possibility of zoning violations at the massive north-side property. The mansion will host a camp for entrepreneurs in June.
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Broad Ripple flooding in 2012 becoming costly for city

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
The city of Indianapolis faces possibly paying several hundred thousand dollars for a restaurant badly damaged by flooding that swamped a neighborhood during a downpour a year ago.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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