Commercial Real Estate

Politically connected broker's deals raise conflict questions

April 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
John Bales' firm earned $2.9M in commissions on leases for state agencies and $270,000 in commissions on the sale of surplus state properties. He also acted as a developer for public-sector tenants—putting them into buildings owned by him or his associates.
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A new real estate crisis could wreck recoveryRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Greg Andrews
Borrowers may not be able to refinance many of the more than $1.4 trillion in commercial real estate mortgages coming due by the end of 2014.
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Local firm's Carolina development slides into bankruptcy

April 22, 2010
Scott Olson
Owner of Flaherty & Collins' apartment complex in Raleigh seeks to reorganize debts related to a $24.8 million loan. It's the second Flaherty & Collins project in North Carolina to fall into bankruptcy in six months.
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Simon adds $1.1B to General Growth proposal

April 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc. added four backers to its proposal to help rival mall owner General Growth Properties Inc. emerge from bankruptcy, increasing the plan’s total investment by $1.1 billion.
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Revised Mel Simon estate suit calls Bren 'abusive'

April 21, 2010
Greg Andrews
Melvin Simon’s daughter Deborah is lashing out at her stepmother Bren in a new court filing, saying  she was “mentally and verbally abusive” toward the billionaire late in his life and kept him isolated from friends and family.
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Circle Centre arcade reopens under new ownership

April 20, 2010
Texas-based Tilt Family Entertainment acquires GameWorks chain, which closed last month, leaving gaping hole on fourth floor of mall.
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Marsh renews effort to sublease headquarters

April 20, 2010
Tom Harton
Most of the 148,000-square-foot building just north and east of the 96th Street/Interstate 69 interchange is empty.
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Simon's General Growth plan 'crazy,' fund manager says

April 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
Bid to invest in General Growth Properties would give Simon too much control over its biggest competitor, said fund manager Bruce Berkowitz, who's backing a rival plan.
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General Growth seeks better offer than Simon's

April 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth Properties Inc. is seeking a higher price, fewer stock warrants or both from Brookfield Asset Management Inc. after its bankruptcy exit plan was matched by Simon Property Group Inc.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Real estate maven keeps even keel

April 14, 2010
Mason King
LQHenry_WatchVideoIn IBJ's new video feature offering management wisdom, Jeff Henry of commercial real estate brokerage Cassidy Turley reveals how to keep your staff cool when the heat is on.
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Simon Property Group cranks up bid for General Growth

April 14, 2010
Simon Property Group upped its offer for rival General Growth Properties Inc., pledging to invest $2.5 billion in a reorganization and match the terms of a bankruptcy exit plan led by Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
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Kite Realty Group slashes CEO's pay 44 percent

April 14, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
John A. Kite's total compensation fell to $689,074 last year while the rest of his management team also took deep pay cuts.
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Report: Simon may drop General Growth bid

April 12, 2010
Bloomberg News
Shares in General Growth Properties Inc., the second-biggest U.S. mall owner, fell as much as 6.7 percent Monday morning after a newsletter report that Simon Property Group Inc. may abandon a takeover bid for its smaller rival.
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Lilly sets date for move from Faris campus downtown

April 12, 2010
Work force reductions, new business structure make leased office space unnecessary. Moves will begin in late June.
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Financial backer agrees to drop suit against Lauth

April 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Affiliates of Lauth's largest financial backer, Inland American Real Estate Trust in Chicago, agree to dismiss their suit against the Indianapolis-based developer, and also withdraw a request to have a Chapter 11 trustee appointed.
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New tenant-rep group plans commercial during Masters

April 6, 2010
Cory Schouten
One of the city's top office brokers is launching a new tenant-rep group with a TV commercial after the Masters golf tournament on Sunday.
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Tenant exit leaves Circle Centre 4th floor almost vacant

April 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Departure of GameWorks arcade leaves another 27,000 square feet of vacant space on the mall's fourth floor, which has struggled for years to keep tenants.
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General Growth's bankruptcy plan makes room for Simon

March 31, 2010
Bloomberg News
The provision would give General Growth time to explore a takeover bid from Simon Property Group Inc., whose $10 billion offer was turned down by its rival in February. Simon is preparing a new bid, according to a person with knowledge of that plan.
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Answer to Murat's naming-rights fight likely to be found in lease

March 30, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Murat Temple Association, a Shriners affiliate that owns the iconic building, is suing Live Nation and Old National Bank over a naming-rights deal announced March 16.
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Downtown buildings land arts tenants

March 30, 2010
Tom Harton
Vonnegut Memorial Library Inc. will move into 1,100 square feet at 340 N. Senate Ave. The Arts Council of Indianapolis will occupy 5,400 square feet at 922 N. Pennsylvania St.
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Severance boosts pay of former Duke Realty exec

March 29, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Duke Realty's former chief operating officer took home $3.1 million last year. The office, industrial and retail property owner and manager also awarded raises to its CEO and the rest of his management team.
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General Growth preparing to file finance plan

March 29, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth is weighing options to exit Chapter 11 protection, with competing bids from Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. and Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
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Simon Property hiked CEO's pay 34.7 percent last year

March 26, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
David Simon's $4.6 million in total compensation last year was $1.2 million more than in 2008. The rest of his management team's pay declined or remained flat.
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Fishers Town Council set to review auto mall plans

March 25, 2010
Butler Automotive Group is proposing a $19 million development along Indiana 37 that could include five auto dealerships and create about 230 jobs.
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Another General Growth suitor enters fray

March 23, 2010
Bloomberg News
Elliott Associates LP and Paulson & Co. are said to be discussing a plan to team with Brookfield Asset Management Inc. to bring mall owner General Growth Properties Inc. out of bankruptcy, competing with Simon Property Group.
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