Development/Redevelopment

Lugar, Meadows projects get tax credits

July 13, 2010
Tom Harton
Two high-profile apartment projects that were denied tax-credit funding in March recently were awarded the millions of dollars in credits they need to proceed.
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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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CSO Architects plans new headquarters in former Bally's gym

July 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The 24,000-square-foot former fitness facility at 8831 Keystone Crossing is vacant and falling into disrepair.
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Purdue board OKs building 3rd luxury dorm tower

July 9, 2010
Associated Press
The board on Friday approved a $20.6 million construction contact for the First Street Towers project.
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City receives $4.9 million for homeless initiatives

July 9, 2010
Federal funds will help provide 69 additional beds in three Indianapolis locations, including a large apartment complex on the east side.
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Westfield's proposed Symphony development under review

July 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Westfield planning commission has asked city employees to further review the 1,400-acre mixed-use project that could include thousands of homes, shops, a YMCA and a baseball stadium.
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Buckingham thinks big with plans for downtown development

June 26, 2010
Cory Schouten
Will the latest ambitious downtown development proposal finally master the formula for transforming a downtown surface parking lot?
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Fort Ben home, condos fail to sell at auction

June 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
Auction turns up no buyers for the former home of the commanding general at Fort Benjamin Harrison and four condominiums at the old Army base.
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Westfield residents to hear plans for $1B development

June 21, 2010
Scott Olson
The Estridge Cos., a Carmel-based home builder, will present details of the massive project—mixing condos, apartments and retail with a $15 million stadium—at a public hearing Monday evening.
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Washington Square area getting first new retail strip in three years

June 15, 2010
Tom Harton
Thompson Thrift, based in Terre Haute and Carmel, has started construction on Washington Square Commons, a 9,000-square-foot retail strip at 10110 E. Washington St., at a major entrance to Washington Square Mall.
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World Skating Academy gets reprieve, remains on thin ice

June 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A fixture in downtown Indianapolis since 1987, the Academy hasn't yet been evicted from its Pan American Plaza ice rinks, but it operates under a cloud of uncertainty.
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Developer facing legal action everywhere it has built condos

June 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
Three of the four principals in Page Development were in court June 8 to sift through the fallout from a $1.35 million judgment against them. It's only the tip of Page Development's financial straits.
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Proposed development near Lilly campus could include hotel

June 8, 2010
Indianapolis developer Buckingham Cos. is in discussions to build a mixed-use development that could include apartments, shops, office space, and a hotel and conference center.
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Indiana contractors scramble for certification to remove leadRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Norm Heikens
New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules force precautions on paint chips, dust.
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Group plans reuse of historic former elementary school

June 3, 2010
Cory Schouten
A former elementary school built in 1905 is getting a new use for the second time since the last schoolchildren departed in 1979.
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Construction supplies firm plans mixed-use HQ downtown

June 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
Affordable Building Supplies LLC, which was displaced by the construction of Lucas Oil Stadium, hopes to move its headquarters closer to downtown in a new mixed-use building on South Meridian Street.
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Road upgrade kicks off improvements in Lafayette Square area

June 1, 2010
Tom Harton
A $20 million improvement of West 38th Street between Guion and High School roads that is set to begin next month is the first in a series of initiatives that stakeholders hope will revive the real estate fortunes of the area anchored by Lafayette Square Mall.
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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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Lender lawsuits seek millions from Broadbent owner

May 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Two new lawsuits stemming from Broadbent Co.’s financial problems charge company President George Broadbent defaulted on loans and owes more than $2.6 million.
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MOUNAYAR: Indianapolis should rediscover public spaces

May 8, 2010
Michel Mounayar
Too few of the city's revitalization projects are connected by attractive sidewalks, streets, gardens and plazas.
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Mass Ave project on verge of approval

May 4, 2010
Tom Harton
The addition of an underground parking garage is likely to get Trail Side off the drawing board and under construction.
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Work begins on Penn Arts apartment, retail project

May 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Renovation work finally has begun on the building at 16th and Pennsylvania streets. Developer Christopher Piazza found two equity partners for the project because banks were unwilling to lend.
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Franklin residents still struggle with solution for flooded land

April 25, 2010
Associated Press
Crews will begin in late April demolishing the first of 74 homes south of downtown Franklin damaged by massive flooding in June 2008. Officials still haven't decided how to reuse the land, and residents are torn.
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Carmel City Center gaining momentum

April 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
Thirteen years after Mayor Jim Brainard first described his vision for a new downtown along Range Line Road, Carmel City Center is starting to look like a city.
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Many retail locations plagued by vacanciesRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Vacancy rates unseen in 20 years are hampering efforts by developers.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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