Commercial Real Estate

Experts say options abound for former GM stamping plantRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Cory Schouten
The 2-million-square-foot GM Indianapolis Metal Center, closed this year, sprawls over more than 100 acres on the west bank of the White River and enjoys some of the best views of the downtown skyline.
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First step: Tear stamping plant downRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Jeff Gearhart / Special to IBJ
Tear it down and clean it up was the message delivered by a former redevelopment director from South Bend as she spoke to representatives from cities who were about to lose their GM plants.
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GM site ripe for manufacturing or a judicial centerRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Chris Barnett / Special to IBJ
The Urban Land Institute panel’s plan for the General Motors plant site ignores some realities in favor of presenting a relatively predictable New Urbanism redevelopment plan.
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'Expand the smorgasbord' at former GM siteRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Gordon Hendry / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis has a rich history of turning challenging redevelopment projects into local success stories, and I have no doubt the GM Stamping Plant will become part of that history as officials determine the best uses for the expansive site near downtown.
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Fire heavily damages Aristocrat restaurant

August 25, 2011
The restaurant at 5212 N. College Ave. sustained $1.5 million in damage. Firefighters were called to the two-story, 6,000-square-foot building early Thursday morning.
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Real estate firms push to avoid notice in Obama tax rewrite

August 24, 2011
Bloomberg News
The industry, which includes Indianapolis-based REITs Simon Property Group Inc. and Duke Realty Corp., is guarding against a potential proposal from the Obama administration that would impose new taxes on partnerships and similar companies
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Greenwood developer target of foreclosure suit

August 24, 2011
Two Indianapolis-area retail centers are listed in a $16.8 million lawsuit that includes a total of six properties owned by the Presnell Companies of Greenwood.
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Broad Ripple group doubles down in fight over Kilroy's

August 23, 2011
Cory Schouten
Members of the Broad Ripple Village Association are vowing to continue their fight against a new Kilroy's Bar n' Grill after they were denied a chance to speak out about the plan at a public hearing.
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City to give Angie's List $4.6M to buy properties for expansion

August 16, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Money for real estate acquisition is a major component of the $7.1 million in incentives the city of Indianapolis offered Angie's List Inc. for expanding its headquarters campus to accommodate 500 more employees.
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Local architecture firm moving HQ to former church

August 16, 2011
Cory Schouten
The architecture firm A2SO4 plans to spend about $1 million to renovate a long-vacant former Catholic church near the Lockerbie neighborhood as its new headquarters.
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Eastgate owner plots unusual office-space strategy

August 9, 2011
Cory Schouten
The owner of the former Eastgate shopping center has begun marketing a third phase of its mall overhaul: About 225,000 square feet of emergency backup office space.
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Owner attempting to foreclose on Walker Theatre property

August 8, 2011
Scott Olson
Theater directors agreed to purchase the property north of the theater on contract in January 2006. Officials hoped to use the land to accommodate an expansion that never materialized.
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Kite sees smaller loss, more revenue in 2nd quarter

August 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Kite Realty Group Trust saw a smaller loss and higher revenue in the second quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago, the Indianapolis-based real estate investment trust announced late Thursday.
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North of South gets a new name: CityWay

August 3, 2011
Cory Schouten
The $156 million mixed-use development at Delaware and South streets in Indianapolis has a new name designed to reference both the project's downtown locale and the urban "way of life" it will offer.
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Former Nordstrom space could find Super Bowl use

August 2, 2011
Scott Olson
The massive space in Circle Centre mall vacated by high-end retailer Nordstrom could be used to host corporate events surrounding the big game.
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Developer of government building sees potential for more

August 2, 2011
Tom Harton
Ambrose Property Group broke ground last month on a 13,000-square-foot building at Intech Park that will house about 75 Social Security Administration employees.
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Keystone Towers implosion set for late August

August 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The long-vacant Keystone Towers apartment complex will be imploded Aug. 28 at 8 a.m., the Department of Metropolitan Development announced Monday afternoon.
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Meridian latest brokerage to make affiliation move

August 1, 2011
Cory Schouten
The commercial real estate brokerage Meridian Real Estate is picking up the NAI Global affiliation previously held by Olympia Partners, which folded in January after a 20-year run.
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Precedent joins ranks of battered developersRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Precedent Cos.—the local developer of The Precedent Office Park, Mount Comfort Commercial Park and several upscale residential communities in Hamilton and Johnson counties—is winding down operations in an out-of-court restructuring.
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Lenders attempting to foreclose on Broadbent headquarters

July 28, 2011
Scott Olson
Huntington National Bank and PNC Bank claim they are owed roughly $25 million on loans related to Broadbent Co.'s purchase and renovation of a building on East Washington Street downtown.
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Duke Realty suffers loss on lower revenue

July 28, 2011
The Indianapolis-based real estate investment trust said it lost $29 million in its latest quarter, compared with a loss of $42.4 million in the same time frame a year earlier.
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Prospects bright for Borders replacements

July 26, 2011
Cory Schouten
Brokers expect strong demand from other retailers, in part because the failed bookstore chain carefully chose its real estate, opting for locations near concentrations of affluent and educated consumers.
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Simon Property results improve as U.S. retail sales advance

July 26, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. said funds from operations rose 20 percent in the second quarter as rents and occupancies increased. The company raised its forecast for the year.
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Borders liquidation another blow to retail real estate

July 21, 2011
Bloomberg News
Borders Group Inc.’s proposed liquidation will increase available U.S. retail space by about 6.3 million square feet as the industry struggles with near-record vacancy rates and stagnant rents.
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Irvington scores Ossip, set for streetscape project

July 19, 2011
Tom Harton
The Irvington retail trade area stands to get a big boost from two projects set to begin this fall: Ossip Optometry’s renovation of a historic building and a $2.9M makeover of East Washington Street designed to make the business district a draw for pedestrians.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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