Historic Preservation

Unauthorized demolition of historic home sparks lawsuit

September 13, 2014
Cory Schouten
Indiana Landmarks is going to court over the unauthorized demolition of a historic home in Fall Creek Place that likely was built in the 1890s.
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Hilton boutique hotel slated for renovated Consolidated Building

September 10, 2014
Scott Olson
Plans call for a 102-room Home2 Suites by Hilton to be built in what’s known as the annex of the Consolidated Building, at the rear of the vacant, 15-story structure on North Pennsylvania Street.
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Hardware association investing $4M to move downtown

September 9, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based North American Retail Hardware Association bought a building on North Delaware Street downtown and will move its headquarters there following an extensive renovation.
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Firefighters union hopes concession wins project OK

September 2, 2014
Scott Olson
The union is promising to keep a parking lot it wants to build as part of an expansion at a key Massachusetts Avenue intersection in that use for just five years to help win approval of the project.
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UPDATE: Plan saves Anderson's Wigwam gym from demolition

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
The company that will operate under the name Wigwam LLC has agreed to maintain the gymnasium until at least 2030. It plans to convert part of the property into multifamily housing and to find partners to develop uses for other parts.
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Gatling Gun Club building proving to be tough sell

August 19, 2014
Scott Olson
The building on North Illinois Street has been vacant since 2008. A downtown bar owner who acquired it nearly four years ago put it back on the market after giving up on plans to move her business there.
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Children’s Museum expands footprint

August 16, 2014
Scott Olson
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis plans to begin tearing down a nearby apartment building this month and is starting to explore options for the site that could include an outdoor attraction.
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Navient donates site to relocate historic home

August 15, 2014
 IBJ Staff
With the land donation, the Noblesville Preservation Alliance is now focused on raising the funds needed to move the Flanagan House from its current location to Navient’s campus on USA Parkway this fall.
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State eyes downtown site for $17M archives project

August 4, 2014
Mason King
Officials want developers to submit plans for a site on the American Legion Mall, including an existing historic building and a 36,000-square-foot addition.
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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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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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