Commercial Real Estate

Men's store Jos. A. Bank plans downtown location

May 6, 2011
Cory Schouten
The men's clothing chain Jos. A. Bank plans to open a new store at Meridian and Washington streets in a much-needed vote of confidence for street-level retail downtown.
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Kite Realty Trust reports wider first-quarter loss

May 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Kite Realty Group Trust on Friday reported a wider first-quarter loss than a year ago thanks to declining revenue and a big dividend payment to preferred shareholders.
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Airport seeks broker to market ex-ATA HQ

May 5, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority plans to hire a broker to market the 16.5-acre campus along Washington Street near Indianapolis International Airport once used by ATA Airlines. It has been vacant for three years.
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East-side apartment complex facing foreclosure

May 5, 2011
One West Bank in California says it is owed nearly $3.3 million, and is seeking to foreclose on Red Mill Apartments near East 38th Street and North Franklin Road.
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School moving to vacant downtown building

May 3, 2011
Tom Harton
A small private school that serves gifted and talented students intends to move to a downtown building that has been vacant since a daycare center moved out three years ago.
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Rethinking Monument Circle in Indianapolis

April 30, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
IBJ gathered advice from local and national experts about what should be done to improve the city's most prominent public space and where Indianapolis should look for inspiration.
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Developer proposing $100M project for Carmel

April 30, 2011
Cory Schouten
A proposed 64-acre development west of U.S. 31 in Carmel would help satiate a craving for retail, but it faces a tough fight from neighborhood groups that want to preserve the thoroughfare’s residential character.
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Local developer seeks bankruptcy protection

April 29, 2011
Scott Olson
Platinum Properties LLC, an Indianapolis upscale residential real estate developer, sought Chapter 11 protection on Monday, listing several huge debts to prominent local businesses and business people.
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Simon Property results improve as store rents climb

April 29, 2011
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc., the largest U.S. shopping-mall owner, said funds from operations rose 75 percent in the first quarter as retail sales climbed.
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UPDATE: Skjodt-Barrett Foods bringing 300 jobs to Lebanon

April 28, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The newest tenant in Lebanon Business Park will occupy 214,000 square feet and make a $20 million investment to build out the space and install equipment.
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Duke Realty reports strong quarterly results

April 28, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based real estate investment trust reported a first-quarter profit of $47.6 million compared with a loss of $15.3 million in the same quarter a year earlier. Gains from the sale of properties helped drive profit.
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Developer plans $13M senior-living center in Westfield

April 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Cicero-based developer Mainstreet Property Group LLC plans to build a $13.3 million senior health care center in Westfield. The 65,000-square assisted living facility will employ about 150 people when it opens in 2012.
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Real estate-related bills still alive in Legislature

April 26, 2011
Tom Harton
The bill with perhaps the best chance of emerging is the so-called dinosaur buildings bill, which would make it easier to win tax incentives for renovating obsolete industrial buildings.
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Cook applied business mindset to historic preservation

April 24, 2011
Associated Press
Colleagues say Bill Cook began each historic restoration contemplating what practical use each newly polished structure might serve, and how it might spark development around it.
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Greenwood Shoppes seeks bankruptcy reorganization

April 22, 2011
Scott Olson
The shopping center on U.S. 31 is the third Broadbent-operated strip mall to fall into bankruptcy and its second in Greenwood to claim financial problems.
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Closed northwest-side theater set to reopen

April 21, 2011
Scott Olson
A Chicago native and independent theater owner plans to reopen the old AMC Loews College Park 14 movie complex on April 29, under the new moniker of Movie Buff Theatre.
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Office stats don't tell full story of market's recovery

April 19, 2011
Tom Harton
Cassidy Turley's research director said the pace of leasing activity is the best he’s seen in 18 to 24 months.
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Pop-up retailers emerging in Indianapolis

April 16, 2011
Marc D. Allan
With the retail vacancy rate hovering around 13 percent locally and nationally, temporary retailers are becoming a fact of life in malls, strip malls and downtowns around the country.
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Landlord seeking to evict Jillian's over unpaid rent

April 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The landlord of the downtown building that houses Jillian's, which filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this week, wants the restaurant and entertainment complex out of its building, alleging the tenant owes nearly $700,000.
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Insurance agency revives plans for downtown building

April 12, 2011
Tom Harton
McGowan Insurance Group plans to build a $2.75 million, 19,000-square-foot building at 355 Indiana Avenue.
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Retail REIT profits may slip on store bankruptcies

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
Retailer bankruptcies likely will weigh on earnings of retail landlords, especially those that own shopping centers and mid-quality malls, an analyst said. But upscale mall owners like Simon Property Group should feel a smaller impact.
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Simon CEO compensation jumps to $24.6 million

April 8, 2011
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc.’s board is working on a long-term employment agreement with Chairman and CEO David Simon, whose compensation rose more than fivefold last year.
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Bank seeks foreclosure on two strip centers

April 8, 2011
First Financial Bank in Ohio is asking a Marion Superior Court judge to appoint a receiver for Woodland Shops on the city's northwest side and Lakewood Shops on the northeast side.
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Condo sales lag in hot downtown apartment market

April 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
New apartment projects carrying premium rents are popping up all over downtown, but the strong demand for urban living isn't providing much of a boost for the condo market.
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UIndy to add dorm for upperclassmen

April 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
With enrollment surging in recent years, the University of Indianapolis finds itself needing new dorm space. The private college will build a $10 million, 200-student residence hall on the south edge of its campus.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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