Development/Redevelopment

Tax credits spur city apartment constructionRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Scott Olson
Increase in federal funding helps developers finance projects that include mixed-income rental housing.
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Downtown officials outline future plans for Georgia Street

February 13, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The three-block stretch that served as the Super Bowl Village will complement, not compete with, traditional downtown gathering places such as Monument Circle, officials said.
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Foundation finds buyer for 16th Street buildings after 6-year search

February 7, 2012
Tom Harton
Two brothers purchased the pair of connected buildings at the northwest corner of 16th and Alabama streets and will use the property for a 50-seat café and the offices for Nottingham Realty Group.
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New mixed-use project holds promise for building across street

January 31, 2012
Tom Harton
An 82-year-old downtown commercial building that’s had trouble luring tenants is suddenly positioned to thrive courtesy of an $85 million mixed-use project planned for a site right across the street.
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Purchase lifts effort to develop MSA siteRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A community development corporation linked to the city of Indianapolis has bought the 1.87-acre parking lot that borders the former Market Square Arena site, a move that some say could be the catalyst to finally redeveloping the entire vacant site.
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Apartments rev up residential revival downtownRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Cory Schouten
An apartment building spree downtown is getting fresh fuel with an $85 million mixed-use development that will be anchored by a Marsh grocery.
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Marsh to anchor massive new downtown development

January 24, 2012
Cory Schouten
A local developer plans to build a Marsh grocery store and hundreds of apartments in an $85 million project that would replace a block and a half of surface parking lots in the northwest quadrant of downtown.
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Brugge owners eye downtown buildings for brewery, eatery

January 10, 2012
Tom Harton
Owners of Broad Ripple’s Brugge Brasserie want to bring a new restaurant concept to the Massachusetts Avenue district downtown, where they also plan to relocate the craft brewery that supplies beer to Brugge.
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Local developer rescues 1913 apartment building from wrecking ball

January 3, 2012
Cory Schouten
A local developer and historic preservation group have teamed up to save a 1913 apartment building near the Children's Museum from demolition.
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Near-east-side Super Bowl efforts go beyond the big game

December 28, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
For a Super Bowl-related initiative to revitalize Indianapolis’ near-east side, the hardest work will come after the Feb. 5 game.
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Progress slow on variety of metro area deals

December 27, 2011
Tom Harton
Many projects we reported on here over the past year are still in progress, confirming that the real estate market is still sluggish.
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City backs string of high-profile real estate projects

December 24, 2011
The administration of Mayor Greg Ballard found its stride in the final year of its first four-year term, at least when it comes to major publicly supported real estate projects.
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Real estate meltdown leaves developers reeling

December 24, 2011
It was another rough year for the real estate sector in 2011, as the homebuilder Estridge filed for bankruptcy, strip-center specialist Broadbent struggled to hold onto its headquarters, and Centre Properties faced a $43 million foreclosure suit.
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Neighborhood eyesore headed for demolition

December 19, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city is soliciting bids from companies to tear down four buildings on the 16-acre Avanti Development Corp. property, which is tucked in a residential area a few miles west of downtown Indianapolis.
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Transit plan may boost real estate investmentRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A proposed $1.3 billion transit system might bring redevelopment to urban neighborhoods. Yet transit proponents have surprisingly little to say about how much the system could generate in new real estate investment.
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Fisher’s IndyCar team building headquarters in Speedway

December 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing plans to build a $2.7 million facility on Speedway's new Main Street to house her race team. Construction on the 37,000-square-foot shop could start in February and be finished in September.
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Proposed Broad Ripple parking garage gets zoning OK

December 13, 2011
Scott Olson
The controversial project is a $15 million, three-story garage that the city of Indianapolis will subsidize with $6.3 million in parking meter revenue. The project also features a retail component, which neighbors say will lead to increased traffic.
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Developer plans 26-story tower along canal

December 10, 2011
Cory Schouten
Valparaiso-based Investment Property Advisors wants to build an $83 million apartment project for college students on one of the last available parcels along downtown’s Central Canal.
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Indianapolis' revitalized Georgia Street is work in progress

December 10, 2011
Cory Schouten
Workers finished $12.5 million in improvements between the Indiana Convention Center and Conseco Fieldhouse in November. Now will building owners bring the entertainment spot to life?
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Ex-Speedway boss plans 4-lot subdivision on north side

December 6, 2011
Scott Olson
Former Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George and his wife had tried unsuccessfully to sell their 12-acre wooded estate and now are planning to divide the land into a four-lot subdivision.
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Neighbors oppose gas station at 16th and CentralRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Residents of an area near the intersection of Central Avenue and 16th Street are sparring with owners of a site on its northwest corner who want to build a gas station there. The neighbors had other hopes for the spot, as part of their plans for a pedestrian-friendly 16th Street corridor.
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Ripken eyes Indy for major youth baseball complex

November 23, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for Ripken Baseball Inc., which operates two of the country's top youth baseball facilities, are considering Indianapolis as a location for a major complex that could cost up to $20 million to build and draw thousands of players and spectators each year.
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Mass Ave deal's brokerage fee raising eyebrowsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Cory Schouten
A real estate brokerage picked by the city to spearhead redevelopment of a prime Mass Ave parcel occupied by the Indianapolis Fire Department stands to collect a million-dollar-plus payday if it closes the deal.
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Civic leaders urge Ballard to tackle woes facing urban coreRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Community leaders are coalescing around a three-prong strategy to attract residents and capital to neighborhoods from just outside downtown to the borders of Interstate 465. It’s not yet clear whether all the initiatives will have the full support of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
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Obscure not-for-profit covering shortfalls in CarmelRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Carmel City Center Community Development Corp. has emerged as a key player in the city’s burgeoning downtown. The not-for-profit 4CDC last month gave the performing arts center $1 million to cover its operating expenses, and it’s expected to provide another $4.5 million through June 30.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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