Development/Redevelopment

Westfield plans $60M youth-sports complex

April 23, 2009
Cory Schouten
The mayor of Westfield announced plans this morning to build a $60 million youth sports complex with a 4,000-seat multipurpose outdoor stadium, indoor sports facilities, and fields for baseball, soccer, softball and lacrosse. The sports facilities would anchor a 1,500-acre development by locally based Estridge Co. along Towne Road between 146th and 161st streets.
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Aging building gets spruced upRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Another rundown building near the northwest corner of Washington and Pennsylvania streets is getting some attention after years of neglect.
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Noblesville offered generous incentives to Simon for mallRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
The old adage that retail follows rooftops is only partially true; retail also follows taxpayer-funded incentives.
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White River trail will weave in storiesRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
NINebark, a landscaping architectural firm, is making six large storyboards so that users of the planned White River Greenway will learn about the area's industrial history.
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School makes move into historic Lockerbie buildingRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
The private Todd Academy plans to move into a historic building at the northwest corner of East and New York streets in Lockerbie Square.
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Jefferson Plaza renovation approaches endRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Katie Maurer

The Jefferson Plaza renovation, which has been renamed Allen Plaza after its developer, will include restaurants, office space, condos, and is also working to achieve LEED environmental certification.

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Police museum plannedRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
The not-for-profit Indianapolis Historical and Educational Foundation is planning a police museum in the first floor of an old warehouse along Pennsylvania Street across from Conseco Fieldhouse.
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Developers to pitch projects near public housing towersRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Housing Agency is asking developers to pitch plans to build new residential or commercial space on land surrounding the 21-story John J. Barton Apartments at 555 Massachusetts Ave. and the 15-story Lugar Tower at 901 Fort Wayne Ave.
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Penn Arts redevelopment hits funding snagRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
The Penn Arts apartment building at 16th and Meridian streets will stay vacant a while longer. A $3 million plan to transform the 82-unit apartment building into 45 fancier units has hit a snag that's become familiar to developers: No financing was available at advantageous terms
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Former hospital could become student housingRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Cory Schouten
Ivy Tech Community College is working with private developers on an $18 million plan to turn the old St. Vincent Hospital on Fall Creek Parkway into a housing complex for Ivy Tech and IUPUI students.
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Mass Ave redevelopment reaches a roadblockRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis Public Schools is looking for a new redevelopment strategy for its 11-acre facility on Massachusetts Avenue after an ambitious proposal for the historic former Coca-Cola bottling plant fizzled.
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Panattoni cuts back local presenceRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
California-based Panattoni Development Co. has eliminated its two-person Indianapolis development team as part of closures and job cuts in five cities.
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New restaurants open in downtown IndianapolisRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Two new restaurants near the corner of Washington and Pennsylvania streets have opened their doors.
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Light rail will move Indianapolis forwardRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Christopher B. Leinberger
There is a new way of building the Indianapolis area that is struggling to be born. It is different from how you have built the place over the past 60 years but it is essential to your future.
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Angie's List chief builds company, rebuilds Holy CrossRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
For several years, Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle also has been quietly attempting to revitalize the near-east side.
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Distribution holds promise for Central IndianaRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Chip Cutter
A new report shows that, despite a sluggish national economy, the Indianapolis area should continue to attract industrial businesses and distribution centers next year.
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Fishers tables $100M developmentRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
An Ohio developer and the town of Fishers have agreed to cancel a 2007 development agreement that called for a $100-million mixed-use project featuring 250,000 square feet of retail space and 150,000 square feet of office.
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Old St. Francis Hospital may become mix of retail, senior apartments, officesRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
The city of Beech Grove is working on a redevelopment proposal for its St. Francis Hospital campus. Tentative plans call for a mix of office space, apartments for seniors, and retail space.
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Mayor says some of 38 TIF districts have problems, might need reorganizationRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
Peter Schnitzler

Mayor Greg Ballard worries his predecessor, Bart Peterson, may have overreached with his ambitious tax-increment-financing district for the last phase of Fall Creek Place. That phase of the renewed urban neighborhood isn't producing enough revenue to support its $6.2 million in outstanding bonds. And Ballard is not sure all of Marion County's 37 other TIF district are necessary, either.


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Developer betting on cottage homesRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Cory Schouten

Buyers in Seattle, Milwaukee and even Bloomington have snapped up new cottage homes in developments that turn the McMansion trend on its dormer-decorated head. But will Indianapolis buyers have a similar appetite for the tiny energy-efficient homes clustered around community greens? A local developer is betting they will.


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IUPUI faces tough decisions over aging sports facilities

August 18, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
IUPUI is grappling with how to pay for upkeep and improvements necessary to keep its three world-class athletic facilities—and the city—in the hunt for high-profile sporting events.
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Sports Corp. made city a sports giant, but real estate plans fell shortRestricted Content

July 14, 2008
Cory Schouten
Construction of Pan Am Plaza in the mid-1980s was a major step in the evolution of Indianapolis into a sports town worthy of hosting a Super Bowl. But the office building, parking garage, skating rinks and public gathering place came up short over the years in other ways for both taxpayers and developer, the Indiana Sports Corp.
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Ralston Square development lures bar, hotel, bowling alleyRestricted Content

July 7, 2008
Cory Schouten
A trendy bar and an upscale hotel have agreed to anchor the 11-story Ralston Square project slated for South Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets. The developers of the $60 million mixed-use project are moving forward after landing the tenants necessary to secure a loan commitment, said Brian Epstein, president of locally based Urban Space Commercial Properties and a partner on the project.
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Group plots public-private revival for midtown Meridian neighborhoodsRestricted Content

June 30, 2008
Cory Schouten
There was a time when residents of Meridian Kessler, Butler Tarkington, and Broad Ripple viewed North Meridian Street as a connection between their neighborhoods. These days, the road feels more like a divide-an intimidating commuter highway between downtown and the northern suburbs that discourages pedestrian and bicycle traffic. A partnership of community groups including the Meridian Street Foundation is hoping to change that by giving the neighborhoods a collective identity--Midtown--and mixing private and public money to fund major infrastructure improvements.
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Business leaders battle over real estate left behind by Payton WellsRestricted Content

June 9, 2008
Cory Schouten
The Malibus and Impalas disappeared from Payton Wells Chevrolet more than 18 months ago, but the controversy over the defunct dealership at 1510 N. Meridian St. is far from being in the rearview mirror for some of the city's top businesspeople and developers. A court battle over the dealership's properties could determine when and how the roughly six acres of prime land are redeveloped.
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  1. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

  2. 85 feet for an ambitious project? I could shoot ej*culate farther than that.

  3. I tried, can't take it anymore. Untill Katz is replaced I can't listen anymore.

  4. Perhaps, but they've had a very active program to reduce rainwater/sump pump inflows for a number of years. But you are correct that controlling these peak flows will require spending more money - surge tanks, lines or removing storm water inflow at the source.

  5. All sewage goes to the Carmel treatment plant on the White River at 96th St. Rainfall should not affect sewage flows, but somehow it does - and the increased rate is more than the plant can handle a few times each year. One big source is typically homeowners who have their sump pumps connect into the sanitary sewer line rather than to the storm sewer line or yard. So we (Carmel and Clay Twp) need someway to hold the excess flow for a few days until the plant can process this material. Carmel wants the surge tank located at the treatment plant but than means an expensive underground line has to be installed through residential areas while CTRWD wants the surge tank located further 'upstream' from the treatment plant which costs less. Either solution works from an environmental control perspective. The less expensive solution means some people would likely have an unsightly tank near them. Carmel wants the more expensive solution - surprise!

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