Historic Preservation

Rivoli Theatre finally cleared for comeback

July 3, 2012
Tom Harton
A legal battle that had threatened the east-side landmark has been settled, and a $300,000 grant has been secured to begin stabilizing it.
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Angie's List CEO Oesterle grows east-side footprintRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Bill Oesterle’s firm Henry Amalgamated has purchased 48 properties in the Holy Cross neighborhood from 2006 through this May. Nearly 40 percent of those purchases have been made since Angie’s List struck a $7.1 million incentives deal with the city of Indianapolis in October.
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Study proposed on future of Anderson's Wigwam gym

June 6, 2012
Associated Press
An architect is proposing a study for finding a new use for Anderson's closed Wigwam gymnasium, possibly turning it into a convention center.
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City, development group agree to protect Mallory site

May 8, 2012
Tom Harton
Those seeking the historic designation hope the four-acre industrial complex will be a catalyst for redevelopment of a stretch of East Washington Street.
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Domes hold mystique for philanthropist Cook

April 22, 2012
Associated Press
Gayle Cook marvels at grand churches, courthouses and certainly, the awe-inspiring 200-foot-diameter dome above the West Baden Springs Hotel that she and her late husband, Bill, restored and reopened in the summer of 2007.
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Effort to save Rivoli Theatre faces another delay

April 10, 2012
Tom Harton
The theater, at 3155 E. 10th St., has the potential to be a catalyst for further redevelopment of the corridor if the not-for-profit that owns it can win complete control of the 1927 structure and stabilize it.
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Citizens not ready to get behind historic designation for Central CanalRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Preservationists want protections for the historic waterway, but the utility that just bought it is afraid National Register status will cause unintended consequences.
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Cook Group to restore southern Indiana movie theater

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
Bloomington-based medical device maker Cook Group announced Tuesday it would restore the 750-seat Tivoli Theatre in downtown Spencer, which was built in 1928 and boarded up in 1999.
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Penn Arts owner buys historic apartment buildingRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
The Piccadilly, at 16th and Pennsylvania streets, will undergo a historically sensitive renovation of its 58 units.
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Irvington apartment, streetscape projects clear hurdles

March 20, 2012
Tom Harton
Two significant construction projects are closer to starting in Irvington, where the district’s East Washington Street commercial corridor is bouncing back even as one of its key buildings faces demolition.
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Mass Ave restaurant plans clear first hurdle

March 9, 2012
The city's Historic Preservation Commission has approved rezoning and variance requests for two buildings sought by the owners of Broad Ripple's Brugge Brasserie just south of the intersection of Massachusetts and Park avenues.
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Fixes to historic preservation tax credits may have to wait

March 6, 2012
Cory Schouten
Fixes to the state's historic preservation tax credit program pushed by Indiana Landmarks may have to wait another year after the Indiana Senate put the brakes on a bill that garnered unanimous support from the Indiana House.
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Technology helps Ivy Tech marry new, old constructionRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Scott Olson
3-D scans match former hospital with building plans.
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Brugge owners eye downtown buildings for brewery, eatery

January 10, 2012
Tom Harton
Owners of Broad Ripple’s Brugge Brasserie want to bring a new restaurant concept to the Massachusetts Avenue district downtown, where they also plan to relocate the craft brewery that supplies beer to Brugge.
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Local developer rescues 1913 apartment building from wrecking ball

January 3, 2012
Cory Schouten
A local developer and historic preservation group have teamed up to save a 1913 apartment building near the Children's Museum from demolition.
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Bush Stadium gets last hurrahRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
City leaders and economic development officials planned to pay tribute Oct. 28 to Bush Stadium’s historical significance before work begins to convert the venue into loft apartments.
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Commission approves demolition for Indy East Motel

October 6, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission unanimously approved the demolition of the former motel at 5585 E. Washington St.—with a few conditions. Developers plan an $8.7 million project for the site.
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Developer zeroes in on troubled Irvington site

September 27, 2011
Tom Harton
A developer that wants to replace a vacant Irvington motel with an $8.7 million apartment building could get permission as early as next week to clear the site for redevelopment.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Design guru abides in rocky economy

September 21, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Garner_WatchVideoWhy does the owner of A2SO4 Architecture believe a 20 percent drop in billings is a victory? Just how cutthroat has the design field become? What's the significance of moving the firm into a church? Sanford Garner has answers.
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Critics: Wrecking ball won't fix Indianapolis neighborhoodsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Many neighborhood leaders have hailed Mayor Greg Ballard’s initiative to raze some 2,000 abandoned homes by the end of 2012 as a long-overdue means of tackling urban blight. But some residents and experts fear rampant demolition—without a clear plan for how to redevelop the properties—will fail to improve neighborhoods.
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Local architecture firm moving HQ to former church

August 16, 2011
Cory Schouten
The architecture firm A2SO4 plans to spend about $1 million to renovate a long-vacant former Catholic church near the Lockerbie neighborhood as its new headquarters.
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Bush Stadium rehab is Watson's latest creative projectRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Katie Maurer
Longtime Indianapolis developer launches spirited attempt to save baseball palace.
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Owner of several properties south of Mass Ave starts to divest

June 28, 2011
Tom Harton
The pending sale of two historic buildings and a vacant lot just south of Massachusetts Avenue is the first of what could be several deals in the area as one of its largest property owners begins to divest its holdings.
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Carmel home is not-your-average caddy shackRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Katie Maurer
Mike and Sally Kerr can see directly to the past as they walk around their Southern plantation-style residence built completely around the walls of Woodland Country Club's original club house.
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Tentative settlement reached in lawsuit over historic church

June 21, 2011
Tom Harton
A provisional settlement in a federal lawsuit filed last September against the city by St. John United Church of Christ gives parties in the case six months to find a buyer for the nearly 100-year-old church.
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