Community development

Revitalization taking root along East Washington StreetRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A collaboration of not-for-profit community development corporations, or CDCs, has released a plan targeting four sections of the street, from Interstate 65 to Sherman Drive, that could be transformed in the next five to seven years.
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Riley CDC names successor to retiring executive directorRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Eric Strickland’s appointment was effective June 1. He brings more than 18 years of engineering, real estate development and economic development experience to the organization.

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LISC sues to foreclose on Emrich's Furniture buildingRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
LISC, a not-for-profit lender, says it has not received any payments on its $515,265 construction loan since Jan. 1, 2011, and is owed more than $228,000.
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Lilly retiree runs Christamore on smaller budgetRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Christamore House, a west-side community center that was in danger of closing its doors last year, recently hired an Eli Lilly and Co. retiree as executive director. Bill Scott, 57, took on the job to give back to the Haughville neighborhood where his grandmother and other relatives lived.
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Holy Cross startup sees plenty of room for more craft brewers

December 18, 2010
Cory Schouten
A startup brewery called Flat 12 Bierwerks has ignited a revival along lonely Dorman Street in Holy Cross, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.
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Fountain Square turning to first-of-kind tax to fund improvementsRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Fountain Square group led by neighborhood business owners hopes to create an “economic improvement district” for the up-and-coming neighborhood, where additional tax revenue could be used for everything from litter cleanup and marketing to capital improvements.
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Controversy engulfs Devington community groupRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Devington Community Development Corp. tried to tackle a host of neighborhood ills before closing its doors this month. But the agency also was embroiled in disputes with a local minister and its landlord.
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East-side residents forge $100M plan to renew neighborhoodRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Since 2004, residents and community leaders in the area just east of downtown—including Boner Center chief James Taylor—have raised more than $100 million to improve their neighborhood. The deployment of so many resources to one area is almost unprecedented in Indianapolis.
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Property shuffle aims to connect police, fire services with neighborhoods

August 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
The city plans to open police-and-fire hubs in two former IPS schools, retrofit an Eastgate mall department store into an Emergency Operations Center, and build at least two fire stations.
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Baseball complex could bring area near coke plant back to life

July 10, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A plan to build a 28-acre sports complex on the southeast side is sparking hopes that a polluted parcel across the street that formerly housed a Citizens coke plant can be revived as a retail and industrial center.
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City eyes Central State site for sports complexRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis officials are exploring turning the former Central State Hospital into a 150-acre sports complex that could include facilities for everything from soccer and baseball to tennis and ice skating.
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Retail project in search of tenants after Ace deal falls apart

May 25, 2010
Cory Schouten
A not-for-profit group that's hoping to build a retail project at the northeast corner of 22nd and Delaware streets is looking for tenants after a deal for an Ace Hardware fell apart.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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