Homebuilders

Estridge again seeking investors to avoid closing

March 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The Carmel-based homebuilder said Tuesday that it will shut down if outside investors or a line of credit aren't obtained soon. The company previously received a cash infusion last June from a group of subcontractors.
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Home construction weak both locally, nationally

February 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Home building in the Indianapolis area fell by more than 30 percent n January over the same month of 2010.
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U.S. home construction up after two months of declines

December 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Locally, building permits were up 17 percent in the nine-county area, from 222 in November 2009 to 259 in November 2010.
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Indianapolis-area experts see bright spots amid ongoing real estate weaknessRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Health care shows signs of life, and multi-family buildings continue to hold their own, experts said during a recent IBJ Power Breakfast.
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Estridge scales back Symphony development in Westfield

October 5, 2010
Scott Olson
The Estridge Cos. said it is reducing Symphony from a planned 1,400 acres to a size that will closer rival the Carmel-based home builder’s 436-acre Centennial development, also in Westfield.
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Local building permits down again in August

September 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The number of building permits filed in the nine-county metropolitan area dropped by 18 percent in August from the same time a year ago, falling from 354 to 290. The drop marks the third consecutive month permits have fallen.
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Home construction jumps nationally

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
Housing starts are up 25 percent from their bottom in April 2009. But they remain 74 percent below their peak in January 2006.
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Bank suing Estridge Cos. for securities fraud

September 16, 2010
Scott Olson
Bank of Indiana files complaint against the home builder, alleging it failed to repay a $1 million investment due June 30. The complaint further accuses law firm Krieg DeVault LLP of malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty.
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Estridge drops Westfield sports complex, still plans stadium

September 3, 2010
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
The Estridge Cos. has withdrawn a proposal to build a massive youth sports complex in its master-planned Symphony development in Westfield.
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Westfield's proposed Symphony development under review

July 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Westfield planning commission has asked city employees to further review the 1,400-acre mixed-use project that could include thousands of homes, shops, a YMCA and a baseball stadium.
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Trustee asks for Hansen & Horn bankruptcy to be dismissed

June 28, 2010
Scott Olson
Beleaguered home builder doesn't appear to have funds available to pay an attorney to prepare necessary paperwork for Chapter 7 liquidation, trustee says in court filing.
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Subcontractors come to Estridge's aid with $10M investment

June 26, 2010
Scott Olson
Estridge Cos.' subcontractors have invested $10 million into the firm led by COO Matt Cohoat and CEO Paul Estridge Jr.—an infusion that paves the way for them to proceed with a massive development in Westfield.
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Potterhill Homes enters Indianapolis marketRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Scott Olson
A Cincinnati-based homebuilder’s expansion into Indianapolis marks the second time in six months a builder from the Queen City has carved out space in the metropolitan area.
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Residential building activity levels off after surge

June 18, 2010
Scott Olson
The number of building permits filed in the nine-county metropolitan area has been flat the past two months following a flurry of activity leading up to the expiration of federal home-buying tax credits.
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Lender wants Hansen & Horn receivership terminated

May 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Salin Bank argues that it wants to "control its own destiny" by selling 49 lots the homebuilder defaulted on rather than have court-appointed receiver coordinate the sale.
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Tax-break deadline spurs spec homes in Parade

March 29, 2010
Scott Olson
This spring's Parade of Home is being held about two weeks earlier than normal to help builders lure homebuyers who want to take advantage of federal incentives intended to give the residential real estate market a boost. Builders also are taking chances on more spec homes.
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Receiver: Insolvent Hansen & Horn should be liquidated

February 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The troubled home builder's $14.5 million in liabilities are twice as much as its assets, receiver tells Marion County judge, who takes the recommendation under advisement.
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Cincinnati-area builder Fischer expands to Indianapolis

January 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
Home builder hopes to sell as many as 200 houses in region this year. Fischer, which entered the Columbus, Ohio, market in 2008 after buying subdivisions from retreating builders, is using the same strategy to establish a foothold in Carmel, Westfield, Zionsville and Avon.
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Housing meltdown claims at least one homebuilder

December 26, 2009
Scott Olson
Two more local homebuilders fell victim in 2009 to the prolonged meltdown of the housing market. Carmel-based C.P. Morgan Communities LP closed in February, and Indianapolis-based Hansen & Horn Group Inc. is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
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Giant Heartland Crossing housing development hangs on

December 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Short sales and foreclosures in this 2,200-unit development began cropping up several years ago and continue today.
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Local home builder placed in receivership

December 14, 2009
Scott Olson
A receiver appointed to manage the assets of financially troubled Hansen & Horn Group Inc. will recommend whether the Indianapolis-based home builder should remain in business.
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Hansen & Horn insolvent, receivership next step for builder

December 3, 2009
Scott Olson
The president of Hansen & Horn Group Inc. admitted in court Thursday that the troubled home builder is insolvent and agreed to have a receiver appointed to operate the company.
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Attorneys drop troubled home builder Hansen & Horn

December 2, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Hansen & Horn Group Inc. is without legal representation after attorneys defending the troubled home builder from a slew of lawsuits dropped it as a client.
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Troubled homebuilder's funds frozen after failing to pay judgment

November 24, 2009
Scott Olson
A Marion County judge has frozen certain Hansen & Horn Group Inc. funds after the Indianapolis homebuilder failed to pay a $183,000 legal judgment. The move sheds light on the severity of the company’s woes.
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Homeownership losing cachet due to housing bust, job losses

November 21, 2009
Cory Schouten
Multifamily housing may not benefit anytime soon from falling rates of homeownership.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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