Commercial Real Estate

REI, Chicago partner picked to build office building at IUPUI

February 19, 2013
Tom Harton
The five-story, $22.9 million building would be constructed on university-owned land at the northeast corner of New York Street and University Boulevard.
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Bankruptcy stops condos' auction

February 18, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis developer’s last-minute bankruptcy filing halted the auction of a struggling downtown condominium project.
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Drywall contractor charged with underpaying employees

February 15, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis drywall contractor faces criminal charges that he underpaid his employees working on a government housing project, and then falsified documents to cover it up, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday.
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Downtown projects face crucial hurdles

February 12, 2013
Tom Harton
Two downtown apartment projects seek critical government approvals in the next month, while  another commercial project is on track to start this year.
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CIB cuts price on Ober Building after inspections

February 11, 2013
Cory Schouten
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County has agreed to slash its sale price on downtown's Ober Building by $700,000 after inspections showed problems including a leaky roof and damaged HVAC system.
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Kite sells 3 area buildings in dealmaking blitz

February 7, 2013
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis-based real estate company disclosed the transactions in its fourth-quarter financial report. Kite said it lost $6.5 million in the quarter on nearly $27 million in revenue.
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Wal-Mart revisits plan for Greenwood store

February 7, 2013
Associated Press
A retail giant that lost its bid to build a store in Greenwood nearly a decade ago is hoping local leaders look more favorably on a new proposal to erect a smaller store at the same site.
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Bales trial in jury's hands after colorful closings

February 7, 2013
Cory Schouten
During three hours of closing arguments Wednesday in the federal fraud trial of real estate broker John M. Bales and William E. Spencer, a federal prosecutor and two top-tier Indianapolis defense attorneys delivered a series of memorable one-liners and rhetorical flourishes designed to stick with jurors.
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UPDATE: Defense takes turn in Marsh civil trial

February 6, 2013
Scott Olson
Don Marsh finally got off the hot seat Wednesday afternoon after his former company wrapped up nearly two days of questioning, but he didn't stay off the witness stand for long.
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Long-struggling condo development going to auction

February 5, 2013
Tom Harton
The mostly two-bedroom units represent the bulk of the ill-fated Chatham Kynett Court project at 716 N. East St. in the Chatham Arch neighborhood.
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Simon ups dividend after beating analysts' expectations

February 4, 2013
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based shopping mall owner reported funds from operations, a key measure of a real estate company's performance, of $2.29 a share, topping the average estimate from analysts of $2.17 a share.
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Defense attorneys turn tough in Bales trial

February 1, 2013
Cory Schouten
The legal team representing real estate broker John M. Bales and partner William E. Spencer haven't called their first witness and already they're putting up a spirited fight as federal prosecutors seek to prove 13 charges including bank, mail and wire fraud.
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Former Venture employee turns on Bales during testimony

January 31, 2013
Cory Schouten
An FBI investigation into Venture Real Estate Services and principals John Bales and Bill Spencer had already begun when Matthew Dyer signed on as the company's controller in December 2009. Bales told him the company had done nothing illegal, Dyer testified Wednesday.
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Duke Realty earnings, revenue see quarterly decrease

January 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Duke Realty Corp. on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $22.5 million, a sharp decline from the $60.2 million it made in the same quarter of 2011.
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Defense attorneys in Bales case trash former co-defendant

January 30, 2013
Cory Schouten
Attorney and developer Paul J. Page is no longer a co-defendant in the fraud trial of real estate broker John M. Bales and partner Bill Spencer. But you wouldn't know it from the action Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Only now, rather than federal prosecutors, it's defense attorneys for Bales and Spencer who are targeting Page.
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Bales defense: Elkhart deal was a 'scheme to help'

January 29, 2013
Cory Schouten
Facing a looming deadline to find suitable office space for the state Department of Child Services, Indianapolis real estate broker John M. Bales and partner Bill Spencer in 2008 dipped into their own pockets to help close a difficult lease deal, their defense attorneys contend.
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City-County Council approves north-side TIF district

January 29, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new redevelopment area will be created on the north side, as the Indianapolis City-County Council voted 23-5 Monday night in favor of the North Midtown tax-increment finance district.
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Butler Automotive snaps up 96th Street parcel for dealership

January 29, 2013
Tom Harton
An affiliate of Butler Automotive Group bought more than 19 acres at the northwest corner of East 96th Street and Randall Drive in late December and is seeking permission from Carmel to build a structure that would house Butler Hyundai.
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Indiana House OKs looser rules on selling old schools

January 28, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a bill that would shorten the time that school districts must hold onto vacant buildings in case a charter school operator wanted to move into the building.
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Real estate developers' exhilaration turns to pain in bankruptcyRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Greg Andrews
Many Indianapolis developers know the feeling. In good times, few industries generate an adrenalin rush like real estate development. But it’s a highly leveraged business built upon certain assumptions that proved flimsy when the financial crisis hit.
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Bales' trial could turn on definition of ownershipRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Cory Schouten
The jury trial in South Bend for real estate developer John Bales and his general counsel, William E. Spencer, is scheduled to begin Jan. 28 and last up to two weeks. Bales and Spencer, both 45, are facing 13 counts, including wire and mail fraud.
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HHGregg ratchets back, but analysts still uneasyRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Greg Andrews
HHGregg now has 228 stores in 20 states. So it has grown a great deal. But the “exceptional store economics” it used to promote are gone, thanks largely to a breathtaking collapse in sales of flat-screen televisions.
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Mall REITs soared in 2012 by ditching struggling centers

January 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Mall owners, including Simon Property Group Inc. and General Growth Properties Inc., have been moving on from struggling retail centers as the economic rebound drives them to focus on the best-performing markets.
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Retailer plans 250-worker Hendricks County warehouse

January 17, 2013
Gordmans, an apparel and home decor retailer, said it will spend $37.5 million to construct and equip a 545,000-square-foot distribution center in Clayton.
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$1.5M plan to salvage Di Rimini nears finish line

January 15, 2013
Cory Schouten
The bank that owns the hulking pile of code violations known as Di Rimini at the southeast corner of Capitol Avenue and St. Clair Street is poised to invest more than $1.5 million to finish the ill-fated project.
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