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$500M Indy justice center relies on novel funding

August 9, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city will pay an annual fee to a private-sector consortium that will design, build, finance, maintain and operate the facility. According to the Ballard administration, the project won’t require a tax hike.
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Owner of controversial Geist billboard sues city

July 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The company is seeking nearly $1 million from the city after it was forced to remove the billboard, even though it conformed to zoning guidelines for the property.
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Longtime councilor Brown to leave office

June 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Democrat Vernon Brown, a key opponent of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s infrastructure-spending plan, said he plans to resign from the City-County Council this summer.
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Indy's Evolution: Johnson County steps up growth chaseRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
Dan Human
The county south of Indianapolis was king of the suburbs in the 1970s, but now has fallen far behind Hamilton to the north in population and income, and in recent years slipped behind Hendricks County to the west.
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UPDATE: Panel proposes tax hikes to add hundreds of officers

April 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A City-County Council task force recommended Monday an increase in the income taxes dedicated to public safety. It also backed eliminating a homeowner tax break.
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Brokers fear criminal justice complex could harm downtown

April 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
City officials and real estate professionals debated on Thursday the pain from moving jails, courts and other criminal justice functions to a proposed complex outside of downtown.
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Institute analyzing proposed sites for criminal justice complex

March 10, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The Indiana University Public Policy Institute is analyzing proposed sites for a Marion County Criminal Justice Complex and may reveal its findings by the end of this week.
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Hamilton County considering solar energy for public buildings

March 8, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Hamilton County might soon join the growing ranks of large utility users looking to hedge against rising prices by producing some of their own power.
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Proposed criminal justice complex draws five bidders

February 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In the meantime, city officials are arranging to meet with lawyers, judges and residents who are concerned about moving jails and courts from downtown's core.
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Indy political, business leader Beurt SerVaas dies at 94

February 3, 2014
SerVaas was elected to the City-County Council in 1962 and served for more than 40 years, including 27 as council president. He was one of the architects of Unigov, the consolidated city-county government plan credited with revitalizing Indianapolis.
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Airport site identified as 'preferred' for criminal-justice complex

February 3, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
An airport location and the former GM metal-stamping property near downtown are the top two sites listed for a Marion County jails-courts complex in a market survey of 14 potential sites conducted for the city by real estate services firm CBRE.
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Some attorneys not sold on proposed justice complex

January 15, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Moving the Marion County Jail, courts and other criminal justice functions to a consolidated site outside of downtown could gut businesses in the Mile Square and play havoc with legal offices, attorneys say.
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City inviting proposals for new courts-jail complex

December 11, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Marion County criminal-justice complex project could rival Indianapolis airport terminal in cost, entail public-private financing deal.
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Mayor champions plan to relocate justice center

December 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Mayor Greg Ballard and Marion County law enforcement officials on Wednesday morning expect to announce plans for a new criminal justice complex, moving operations currently located in the City-County Building and elsewhere downtown.
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Veteran-owned business push lags goalRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Dan Human
A city program to help veteran-owned businesses fell short of its goal for its first three years, and it looks like the fourth will be the same.
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Indiana's long fight for less government has politicians protecting own

October 30, 2013
Bloomberg News
Economists and politicians on both sides of the aisle have argued for years that streamlining government in Indiana could save millions of dollars, but vested interests and fear of change have stymied real reform.
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Marion County, Simon tangle over value of malls

October 29, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
A years-long fight between Marion County and mall developer Simon Property Group Inc. has moved to the Indiana Tax Court as a judge weighs vastly different estimates of the values of Lafayette Square Mall and Washington Square Mall.
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Dems, mayor reach budget deal that includes more police on streets

October 14, 2013
Scott Olson
The agreement funds a $15 million budget shortfall for 2014 and could result in a net gain of 80 police officers by 2015. The City-County Council overwhelmingly approved the budget Monday evening.
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City-County Council, Ballard still split on budget

September 23, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council approved one piece of Mayor Greg Ballard's budget proposal Monday night, but they're no closer to agreement on the whole $1 billion spending plan.
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Combatants draw partisan distinctions in debate over sheriff's budgetRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Marion County sheriff can't control the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, but Mayor Greg Ballard can't tell the sheriff how to operate jails or secure the City-County Building, and, much to his frustration, he's been unable to control the sheriff's spending.
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Doctor charged with overprescribing painkillers

August 19, 2013
Mason King, Associated Press
Dr. Segun Rasaki, 49, prescribed drugs like hydrocodone and methadone to people who didn't need them, and submitted fraudulent insurance claims such as duplicate billings, according to court documents.
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Anderson Speedway fights bill for overdue taxes

August 1, 2013
Associated Press
Madison County officials say the company that owns the race track owes $125,000 in overdue property taxes. The Speedway believes it has been charged too much.
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Mayor's redistricting plan shot down by judicial panel

July 17, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
In a 3-2 decision issued Wednesday, three Democratic judges ruled to strike down the map and redraw new districts. Two Republican judges said the district map should stay.
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Officials weigh moving Hamilton County offices

June 22, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Space is at a premium in the Hamilton County Government & Judicial Center, prompting officials to consider solutions running the gamut from an expansion of the existing building to a mass exodus from downtown Noblesville.
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City to review tax breaks for five tech firms

June 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The biotech and technology companies could see their Marion County tax abatements reduced or cancelled if officials decide they didn't fulfill promises on new investment and hiring.
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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