Development/Redevelopment

Critics: Wrecking ball won't fix Indianapolis neighborhoodsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Many neighborhood leaders have hailed Mayor Greg Ballard’s initiative to raze some 2,000 abandoned homes by the end of 2012 as a long-overdue means of tackling urban blight. But some residents and experts fear rampant demolition—without a clear plan for how to redevelop the properties—will fail to improve neighborhoods.
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EDITORIAL: City should plan for what comes after demolitionRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
The city of Indianapolis is launching a $20 million war on abandoned houses without a plan for dealing with the properties after the wrecking-ball dust has settled.
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Indianapolis Cultural Trail takes 'pause' for Conrad hotel

September 8, 2011
Cory Schouten
Planning around the Conrad's valet parking operation posed the most challenging dilemma faced by organizers of the 8-mile Cultural Trail.
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Johnson County still dealing with 2008 flood

September 6, 2011
Associated Press
Johnson County officials have been working to buy about 40 flooded properties in an area a few miles west of Greenwood, so they can be demolished.
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HICKS: Lessons to glean from Keystone Towers demolitionRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Mike Hicks
The demolition of a vacant apartment building is common fare in American cities. It is part of the urban renewal that is much needed in many U.S. cities.
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Receiver appointed in $16.8M foreclosure suit

August 29, 2011
Scott Olson
Lender Merrill Lynch Mortgage Trust is foreclosing on several Indianapolis commercial properties, including two retail centers, owned by Greenwood developer Presnell Cos.
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Developer rolls out $40M plan for Keystone siteRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Cory Schouten
A local developer has acquired the northwest corner of 86th Street and Keystone Avenue and is working on plans for a $40 million apartment and retail project.
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Experts say options abound for former GM stamping plantRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Cory Schouten
The 2-million-square-foot GM Indianapolis Metal Center, closed this year, sprawls over more than 100 acres on the west bank of the White River and enjoys some of the best views of the downtown skyline.
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First step: Tear stamping plant downRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Jeff Gearhart / Special to IBJ
Tear it down and clean it up was the message delivered by a former redevelopment director from South Bend as she spoke to representatives from cities who were about to lose their GM plants.
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'Expand the smorgasbord' at former GM siteRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Gordon Hendry / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis has a rich history of turning challenging redevelopment projects into local success stories, and I have no doubt the GM Stamping Plant will become part of that history as officials determine the best uses for the expansive site near downtown.
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Broad Ripple group doubles down in fight over Kilroy's

August 23, 2011
Cory Schouten
Members of the Broad Ripple Village Association are vowing to continue their fight against a new Kilroy's Bar n' Grill after they were denied a chance to speak out about the plan at a public hearing.
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City gives $82,000 for IndyFringe theater project

August 19, 2011
The grant from the city's parking meter fund will be used to rebuild a nearby alleyway, repair sidewalks and install access curbs at the organization's theater building on Saint Clair Street.
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City to give Angie's List $4.6M to buy properties for expansion

August 16, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Money for real estate acquisition is a major component of the $7.1 million in incentives the city of Indianapolis offered Angie's List Inc. for expanding its headquarters campus to accommodate 500 more employees.
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Local architecture firm moving HQ to former church

August 16, 2011
Cory Schouten
The architecture firm A2SO4 plans to spend about $1 million to renovate a long-vacant former Catholic church near the Lockerbie neighborhood as its new headquarters.
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Habitat for Humanity tries hand at fixer-uppersRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Habitat for Humanity affiliates are getting into the business of rehabbing homes, capitalizing on the availability of foreclosed homes.
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Developer plans $27M project in LockerbieRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Whitsett Group wants to build 190 affordable and market-rate apartments, 44,000 square feet of retail and office space, and more than 300 mostly underground parking spaces on a prime Lockerbie parcel.
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Eastgate owner plots unusual office-space strategy

August 9, 2011
Cory Schouten
The owner of the former Eastgate shopping center has begun marketing a third phase of its mall overhaul: About 225,000 square feet of emergency backup office space.
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Site with rich history could become catalyst for east-side growthRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A four-acre site just east of downtown with a rich history is being targeted by city officials and redevelopment leaders for redevelopment. They want to restore the once-vibrant spot at Washington and Gray streets in hopes that it will help revive the beaten-down corridor.
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North of South gets a new name: CityWay

August 3, 2011
Cory Schouten
The $156 million mixed-use development at Delaware and South streets in Indianapolis has a new name designed to reference both the project's downtown locale and the urban "way of life" it will offer.
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Not-for-profit building affordable housing in Brownsburg

August 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Sycamore Services Inc., which serves people with disabilities, has closed on $8 million in financing to build a 72-unit apartment community in Brownsburg.
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Developer of government building sees potential for more

August 2, 2011
Tom Harton
Ambrose Property Group broke ground last month on a 13,000-square-foot building at Intech Park that will house about 75 Social Security Administration employees.
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Keystone Towers implosion set for late August

August 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The long-vacant Keystone Towers apartment complex will be imploded Aug. 28 at 8 a.m., the Department of Metropolitan Development announced Monday afternoon.
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Precedent joins ranks of battered developersRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Precedent Cos.—the local developer of The Precedent Office Park, Mount Comfort Commercial Park and several upscale residential communities in Hamilton and Johnson counties—is winding down operations in an out-of-court restructuring.
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City poised to rebrand, revamp Georgia Street

July 23, 2011
Cory Schouten
Community and business leaders are considering whether to change the name of a three-block portion of Georgia Street as part of a $12 million streetscape overhaul.
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IUPUI track stadium dodges wrecking ball

July 19, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium, which school officials considered demolishing a few years ago, is getting a face-lift that includes a new $1.2 million infield surface.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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