Historic Preservation

Mansion restoration is dream come true for new owners

June 28, 2014
Sam Stall
David and Alice Berger have sank more than five years of effort into bringing the former Lacy property back to its industrial era grandeur.
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Anderson's Paramount Theatre seeks donations

June 1, 2014
Associated Press
The landmark Paramount was saved from demolition 25 years ago, but the man who saved it left $800,000 in mortgage debt when he died last month.
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Central Indiana home to 2 of state's 10-most-endangered places

April 26, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Mills House in Greenwood appeared on the list for the first time, while the Anderson Athletic Park Pool made a return appearance. Indiana Landmarks unveiled the list at its Rescue Party Saturday night.
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Broad Ripple landmark has new owner

April 22, 2014
Scott Olson
Monon Housing Partners LLC bought what's known as Mustard Hall near the southeast corner of Broad Ripple and Guilford avenues and is seeking tenants for the building.
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Indianapolis architectural salvage yards still in the huntRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Jeff Newman
The recession and lingering uncertain construction market put the shops through a withering shakeout, but several have found ways to thrive.
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Revamped hotel key to Muncie revitalization efforts

April 8, 2014
Associated Press
The 91-year-old Roberts Hotel building has undergone a $17 million renovation that created the 83-unit Lofts at Roberts development. The project was crucial to the city's ability to attract a new downtown hotel.
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Revitalization taking root along East Washington StreetRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A collaboration of not-for-profit community development corporations, or CDCs, has released a plan targeting four sections of the street, from Interstate 65 to Sherman Drive, that could be transformed in the next five to seven years.
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Indiana Landmarks rescues endangered Jewish landmark

March 4, 2014
Scott Olson
The preservation group paid $50,000 to rescue the near-north side temple on Ruckle Street, which was first occupied by the Beth-El congregation. After a roof replacement, officials hope to find a tenant for the historic building.
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Council hopes historic value nixes IU land swap

March 2, 2014
Associated Press
Bloomington leaders would like a proposed new historic designation to persuade Indiana University to think twice about a land-swap plan that could include razing six houses to make way for a new fraternity building.
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Artist Noel to sell Sanctuary in Zionsville, relocate to New York City

February 13, 2014
Lou Harry
Nancy Noel is putting the massive gallery and event space on the market for $1.85 million. She'll keep her residence in the area, but plans to open a gallery in the Big Apple.
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Developer plans Lockerbie residential project

February 4, 2014
Scott Olson
Chase Development plans to build six, four-story townhomes along with six more traditional houses on a 1.25-acre parcel between Michigan and North streets.
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Deadline nears for saving Anderson's Wigwam gym

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
School officials say a plan is needed to pay ongoing costs at Anderson's iconic Wigwam gymnasium while a group trying to save the building faces a deadline to hold off its demolition.
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Preservation tax credit gets makeover in House bill

January 29, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
The Indiana House is set to consider legislation that would shift the state’s historical preservation tax cut program into one that relies on grants instead.
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IHS lands $690K grant for bicentennial educationRestricted Content

January 4, 2014
The Indiana Historical Society has received a $690,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help develop educational resources tied to the state’s bicentennial celebration in 2016.
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Union Station gets new scrutiny after spate of repairs

December 14, 2013
Scott Olson
Seeing small repair projects pile up at the city's iconic 19th-century train station, city officials have launched an effort to assess the building’s condition with the most thorough inspection in several years.
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Indy firm proposes redevelopment of ISU towers

December 5, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana State University is putting on hold its plans to demolish two 15-story former residence halls on the Terre Haute campus after an Indianapolis-based developer proposed taking them over.
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Preservationists seek expanded tax credit program

November 18, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Advocates of historic preservation made a pitch Monday for an expanded tax credit program to help developers invest in older buildings – particularly in small downtowns.
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New roof to help stabilize historic Indy theater

November 11, 2013
Associated Press
The building, at 3155 E. 10th Street, has been vacant since 1992 and is in an advanced state of disrepair. But a new roof will stabilize it, staving off further deterioration, backers hope.
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Conference eyes preservation as development tool

October 31, 2013
Associated Press
A national gathering of preservation experts this week in Indianapolis are toasting some of the success stories historic preservation can foster by helping spark revitalization in neighborhoods and city centers.
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Preservationists float ideas for reusing City Hall

October 30, 2013
Scott Olson
An upscale hotel, a brewery and an event center were among the proposals suggested by members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The group is holding its annual conference in Indianapolis for the first time.
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Developer launching rehab of vacant College Avenue retail building

October 15, 2013
Scott Olson
Developer Larry Jones said he’ll spend about $600,000 to renovate the 6,700-square-foot eyesore at 1101 N. College Ave., which has sat empty since the early 1980s.
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City to hold meeting on proposed Monument Circle district

July 25, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis residents are getting their first chance to weigh in on proposed protections for the buildings near the city's famed Monument Circle.
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Greenfield chamber seeks funds to preserve historic building

July 23, 2013
Associated Press
Less than 50 years after Hancock County was established in 1828, the building that now houses the Greater Greenfield Chamber of Commerce went up on the corner of State and South streets.
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Old Northside apartment projects reviving two buildings

July 23, 2013
Scott Olson
Flock Real Estate Group is investing $1 million to refurbish side-by-side apartment buildings at the northeast corner of 13th and Alabama streets, and Englewood Group is spending $3.6 million to convert a former church across the street.
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Shelbyville sees spark of revival downtownRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A homegrown revival in Shelbyville could gain serious momentum with redevelopment of the vacant First Methodist Building, one of the most prominent buildings on the circle. A California investor bought the five-story building in May and plans a $3.5 million renovation.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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