Historic Preservation

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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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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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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