Commercial Real Estate

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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Cassidy Turley offers mixed outlook on Indy real estate

January 10, 2013
Cory Schouten
The city's largest real estate brokerage expects the industrial and housing markets to boom in 2013, but offers a more cautious view on the office and retail sectors, predicting that uncertainty caused by political gridlock could hamper an already sluggish recovery.
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Duke Realty sells six-building local office complex

January 9, 2013
Cory Schouten
Two Illinois companies have acquired a six-building, 446,000-square-foot Indianapolis office portfolio from locally based Duke Realty Corp. Industry sources say the buildings sold for more than $20 million.
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Local elevator service firm bought by German company

January 8, 2013
The Indianapolis elevator repair and installation company has been acquired by ThyssenKrupp AG. Amco Elevator was founded in 1965 and had been locally owned until the purchase.
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$30M Keystone mixed-use project seeks city approval

January 8, 2013
Tom Harton
Hendricks Commercial Properties wants to build a five-story, L-shaped building with more than 36,000 square feet of ground-level retail space and 130 high-end apartments on the upper floors.
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Fortune's death puts 14 West building up for grabsRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Cory Schouten
A historic brick building long used as a restaurant and hotel suites next door to Circle Centre mall is going up for sale for the first time in almost a decade, with an expected asking price of $4 million.
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Investor: Kroger missed chance to buy ‘linchpin’ propertyRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Owner of real estate near 16th and Central says grocery chain showed little interest, but Kroger says it still wants property to make way for new downtown store.
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Bales partner pleads guilty in deal with prosecutors

January 4, 2013
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis attorney and developer Paul J. Page has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in an investigation that targets former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.
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Developer loses fraud appeal

December 28, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Christopher White's 2009 conviction, resulting from a $500,000 bad check he wrote as he tried to save his real estate development firm.
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Former Lifestyle gym building target of foreclosure

December 28, 2012
Scott Olson
The owner of the building at 4225 E. 82nd St. owes $4.9 million on a $7.4 million loan, according to the suit. The tenant, Lifestyle Family Fitness, closed the location in November 2011.
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2012 NEWSMAKER: CEO keeps Simon stock surging

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
If there were an MVP for local CEOs, David Simon would again find himself at or near the top of the list in 2012.
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Kite continues Southeast push with $37.3M in acquisitions

December 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
In December, the Indianapolis-based real estate investment trust bought two shopping centers in Greenville, S.C., using proceeds from its recent $60 million stock sale.
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