Historic Preservation

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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City proposes historic district for Monument Circle and nearby area

July 1, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission is proposing to take under its jurisdiction 90 buildings on and near the Circle, giving the city stricter control over signage and other changes to building exteriors.
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Indiana Landmarks nearing $25M fundraising goal

June 13, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Preservation group Indiana Landmarks kicked off the public portion of its $25 million capital and endowment campaign Thursday evening, entering the homestretch of a fundraising effort that began in 2010.
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Woodard sells Canterbury Hotel to Ohio firm

June 11, 2013
Scott Olson
Local businessman Turner Woodard had owned the upscale downtown hotel since 2010. Terms of the deal with Columbus, Ohio-based RockBridge Capital LLC, a hotel investment firm, were not disclosed.
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Horizon Bank gains access to Mass Ave with building purchase

May 28, 2013
Scott Olson
Michigan City-based Horizon Bank bought the two-story building at 302 N. Alabama St. for $1.5 million and is embarking on a "substantial" investment in the property.
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Architectural gems in IndianapolisRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
These jewels help distinguish some of downtown's best-dressed buildings.
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Monument Circle face-lift set to move forward

April 4, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city recently signed a $555,750 contract with a local firm for design work on the Circle, leading to a two-year repaving project with other improvements.
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Bill would expand state’s historic preservation tax credit

March 29, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Legislation that was killed last year after passing the Indiana House has been revived this session in hopes of spurring more historic renovation across the state.
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Arson damages at Indy Catholic church reach $400K

February 27, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Metro Police Department Sgt. Linda Jackson said Wednesday that heavy smoke damage had increased the damages from an early estimate of $15,000.
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Collectors snap up Bush Stadium's salvaged seats

February 22, 2013
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis sports fans and collectors lined up Thursday to buy seats salvaged from Bush Stadium, snapping up more than 300 in the first day of the three-day sale — six times as many as organizer People for Urban Progress had expected for the entire offering.
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Downtown projects face crucial hurdles

February 12, 2013
Tom Harton
Two downtown apartment projects seek critical government approvals in the next month, while  another commercial project is on track to start this year.
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Irvington groups save landmark from demolition

December 26, 2012
Dan Human
The former post office at Washington Street and Ritter Avenue once anchored a commercial hub in the historic neighborhood. About $400,000 in repairs are expected before the groups attempt to flip the property for a new use.
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Pendleton turns to past to revitalize its downtown

December 14, 2012
Associated Press
The town 25 miles northeast of Indianapolis was approved for the state's branch of Main Street, a project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, aimed at helping communities revitalize their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.
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Site of historic church being shopped for retail development

December 4, 2012
Tom Harton
The 4.5-acre site of the St. John United Church of Christ is back on the market following the settlement earlier this year of a lawsuit between the church and the city.
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Milhaus buying site for more downtown apartments

October 9, 2012
Tom Harton
The local developer has agreed to purchase the former Mitchell & Scott industrial complex in the 600 block of College Avenue and is in the process of pulling together a plan for the site.
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Developer targets long-empty College Avenue retail building

October 2, 2012
Tom Harton
Teagen Development Inc. has a purchase agreement for the 6,600-square-foot building at 1101 N. College Ave., rescuing it from an attempt—since withdrawn—to demolish the structure.
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Senior housing slated for old Lawrence school building

September 21, 2012
Scott Olson
The Whitsett Group plans to invest $6.5 million to convert the building on East 46th Street into 60 senior housing units. The Lawrence Township school district put the structure on the block, and Whitsett submitted the winning bid.
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