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City files nuisance suits against apartments

August 20, 2013
Mason King
The two west-side apartment complexes have generated more than 3,200 police runs since 2008, according to the lawsuits. One owner told IBJ on Tuesday he would work with the city to make improvements.
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Ballard again targets homestead credit in latest budget proposal

August 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard will introduce a $1 billion budget for 2014 Monday night that chops the Marion County Sheriff’s spending and once again hinges on a complicated reshuffling of tax revenue.
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ACLU fires lawsuit at city on behalf of panhandlers

August 16, 2013
Jeff Newman
The suit, filed Friday, says four plaintiffs were soliciting donations downtown within the past week when they were asked by city police to cease the activity and leave the area. The plaintiffs were not violating the city’s existing panhandling ordinance, the lawsuit says.
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City plans to borrow $135M for Rebuild Indy

August 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
City officials said Thursday that they intend to spend $350 million over the next three years to improve streets, sidewalks, trails and bridges. More than a third would come from a proposed bond issue.
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Well woes blamed on new Indianapolis sports park

August 14, 2013
Associated Press
Some Indianapolis residents living near where the World Sports Park is being built say its new irrigation system is sucking their home water wells dry.
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Carmel council axes funding for redevelopment commission boss

August 6, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Carmel City Council members exerted their influence over redevelopment commission expenses Monday, denying a $60,000 contract extension for longtime Executive Director Les Olds despite Mayor Jim Brainard’s pleas to keep him on the job.
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Goldsmith: 'Big data' to reinvent governmentRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
While some Americans question the National Security Agency’s habit of amassing citizens’ phone records, former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith urges city governments to dive into “big data.”
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City officials mull income tax hike to add police officersRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Facing pressure to boost the police force and avoid further cuts in city services, Indianapolis leaders head into the next budget season with open minds about a tax increase.
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City close to launch of 2018 Super Bowl bid

July 20, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Allison Melangton, CEO of the city’s 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee and leader of the 2018 Super Bowl Bid Committee, is promising to come up with another attention-grabber to deliver the bid early next May—if the city proceeds with a bid as expected.
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Mayor's redistricting plan shot down by judicial panel

July 17, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
In a 3-2 decision issued Wednesday, three Democratic judges ruled to strike down the map and redraw new districts. Two Republican judges said the district map should stay.
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Developer F&C's 'bold statement' could finally solve MSA puzzle

July 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin, Scott Olson
City incentives and a strong apartment market suggest Flaherty & Collins’ proposed $81 million, 28-story downtown apartment tower has a better chance of getting built than two previous attempts to redevelop the former site of Market Square Arena.
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City set to unveil Market Square project plans

July 15, 2013
Scott Olson
City officials will reveal the winner Tuesday morning from six teams that bid on redeveloping the downtown site. All proposed mixed-use projects, but they ranged in size from eight to 52 stories.
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New owners plan to upgrade apartments plagued by shortcutsRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Scott Olson
The ill-fated Di Rimini apartment project that city officials halted three years ago because of numerous code violations is set to be resurrected by two local businessmen.
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Public safety department looks to go hybrid on 1,035 cars

July 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety could save $8.6 million over the next five years by replacing 1,035 non-patrol vehicles with plug-in electric hybrids, according to an internal review released Tuesday.
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Indianapolis to beef up police presence on streets

July 7, 2013
Associated Press
More than 100 uniformed police officers will be deployed within weeks on Indianapolis' streets to combat a rise in violent crime, under a plan unveiled by the mayor and other city officials.
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Indianapolis aims to become top center for cricket

July 4, 2013
Associated Press
The Midwestern city best known for its basketball and auto racing is gearing up for a proper game of cricket — the ball-and-bat sport most Americans know only from British films or by surfing through international sports channels.
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City proposes historic district for Monument Circle and nearby area

July 1, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission is proposing to take under its jurisdiction 90 buildings on and near the Circle, giving the city stricter control over signage and other changes to building exteriors.
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Business heavyweights raising cash for cops through foundationRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new foundation supporting the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety starts work in July, and its board is stacked with business and political leaders eager to help Director Troy Riggs advance the city’s cash-strapped operation.
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Ballard veto hints at plan to increase police on streets

June 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Instead of freeing up $6 million in Rebuild Indy funds for new recruits, city officials will soon debut a plan to move 100 officers from desk jobs to patrol, according to the mayor.
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City to review tax breaks for five tech firms

June 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The biotech and technology companies could see their Marion County tax abatements reduced or cancelled if officials decide they didn't fulfill promises on new investment and hiring.
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Seiwert to rejoin city as corporation counsel

June 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Andrew Seiwert, who twice has served as associate corporation counsel for Indianapolis, will succeed Samantha Karn as she takes a position with the University of Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis moving forward with startup land bankRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The executive director of the Land Bank of Indianapolis anticipates working with the city to issue a request for qualifications aimed at charitable and for-profit entities interested in acquiring properties.
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New Hostess owners want abatement for equipment

June 14, 2013
Cory Schouten
The new owners of Hostess Brands are seeking a tax abatement to support investment of $10 million in new equipment for a plant on the east side that could employ up to 145 people.
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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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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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