Historic Preservation

Fountain Square project to include concert venue

May 17, 2011
Tom Harton
The new owner of a 110-year-old building in the heart of Fountain Square is planning a renovation and expansion that will turn it into a restaurant, bar and 450-seat music hall called Pioneer.
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School moving to vacant downtown building

May 3, 2011
Tom Harton
A small private school that serves gifted and talented students intends to move to a downtown building that has been vacant since a daycare center moved out three years ago.
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Two area landmarks make ‘Most Endangered’ list

May 2, 2011
This year's list compiled by Indiana Landmarks includes the Taggart Memorial at Riverside Park in Indianapolis and a portion of historic downtown Greenwood.
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Rethinking Monument Circle in Indianapolis

April 30, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
IBJ gathered advice from local and national experts about what should be done to improve the city's most prominent public space and where Indianapolis should look for inspiration.
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Cook applied business mindset to historic preservation

April 24, 2011
Associated Press
Colleagues say Bill Cook began each historic restoration contemplating what practical use each newly polished structure might serve, and how it might spark development around it.
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Fairgrounds officials consider Pepsi Coliseum overhaul

April 16, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana State Fairgrounds officials are laying the groundwork for a massive Pepsi Coliseum renovation that could cost tens of millions of dollars and transform the inside of the 72-year-old landmark.
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Bill Cook, medical device magnate and philanthropist, dies at 80

April 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The founder of Bloomington-based life sciences giant Cook Group Inc. and the wealthiest man in Indiana leaves a legacy of dozens of historic structures saved from decay or demolition. He also was a major donor to Indiana University and its athletics department.
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IU Foundation buys Indiana Landmarks' canalside offices

March 7, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana University Foundation will move its Indianapolis staff from an office on North Meridian Street.
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Group's demolition plan draws ire of preservationists

March 4, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A proposal by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to bulldoze four century-old homes near Fountain Square has sparked a battle between the neighborhood beautification group and some of its typical allies: historic preservationists.
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Broad Ripple raising money to preserve historic buildings

February 22, 2011
Tom Harton
A movement to protect historic buildings in Broad Ripple could target as many as 60 properties.
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Summit Realty plans to grow into new headquarters

December 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
Summit Realty Group is building out a new headquarters in a historic downtown building as its principals embark on an aggressive growth plan for the privately held company.
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Cosmopolitan apartment fire prompts lawsuit

December 8, 2010
Scott Olson
The insurer for Indiana Landmarks is suing developer Flaherty & Collins, claiming negligence in a blaze that partially destroyed the apartment project and damaged the not-for-profit's adjacent headquarters.
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City Market tenant agrees to move to alternate space

December 7, 2010
Scott Olson
Under a settlement, the Indianapolis City Market dropped its attempts to evict the Grecian Garden after the restaurant said it would relocate to accommodate a renovation.
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Historic downtown building poised for overhaul

November 30, 2010
Tom Harton
DLZ Indiana closed in September on the century-old building at 157 E. Maryland St. and plans to spend nearly $2.3 million renovating it.
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Gatling Gun Club building set for auction

November 10, 2010
Scott Olson
The historic structure at 709 N. Illinois St., along with a nearby parking lot, could be sold Wednesday afternoon. Declining membership and rising costs led the private club to seek a sale of the 160-year-old building.
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Part of City Market renovation project put on hold

November 4, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
City planners have downsized their renovation plans because project bids came in too high to meet the $2.7 million budget.
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Indiana Landmarks selling downtown headquarters

October 7, 2010
Scott Olson
The building housing the not-for-profit's current headquarters on the Central Canal is listed for $3.1 million. The not-for-profit is moving into the former Central Avenue Methodist Church in the spring.
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Good News Ministries eyes using ex-motel to house homeless

October 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Residents of Irvington are split over whether to support turning the former Indy East Motel into housing for homeless families.
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Tired-but-proud school buildings find new missions

September 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
More unneeded buildings are slated to be sold off by Indianapolis Public Schools, but creative people have turned other former schools into reuse gems.
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Hoosier Lottery moving to Meridian Street building

September 21, 2010
Tom Harton
The lottery will move in January to the Buick, a 60,000-square-foot building at 13th and Meridian streets owned by principals of Shiel Sexton Construction.
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Church with rich history sues to shed 'historic' labelRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Greg Andrews
The designation scotched a deal with CVS that would have funded construction of a new church at another location.
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A half-century later, Indiana Landmarks returns to roots

August 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
Old Centrum Watch VideoBankrolled by yet another multimillionaire, the historic preservation group is preparing to move into a new headquarters in Old Centrum, a former church now undergoing a big renovation.
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Couple makes home in Ulen mansion built by town's founderRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Katie Maurer
The talk of the town back in 1929, the Mediterranean-style house at 118 Ulen Blvd. is now simply home for husband and wife Gary Katona and Jennifer Jones-Katona, former Indianapolis city dwellers who retreated to the quiet "town within a town" 15 years ago.
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Reverie Estate buys another downtown Indianapolis apartment building

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The prolific developer of urban apartments plans to turn the building into an affordable artists’ community.
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Repairs being made after Indianapolis crane crash

August 24, 2010
Associated Press
The Rathskeller opened for lunch Tuesday, and the YMCA branch inside the Athenaeum Building will reopen in a limited capacity on Wednesday.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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