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City picks former GM site for new criminal justice complex

April 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The city of Indianapolis announced Friday that it is asking development teams to use part of the former GM Stamping Plant property west of downtown in its proposals for a new criminal justice center.
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Council advances smoke-detector requirement

April 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis homeowners and landlords would have to buy smoke detectors with non-removable, non-replaceable batteries under a proposal that’s advancing through the City-County Council with bipartisan support.
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City cites apartments for hundreds of violations

April 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Five local apartment complexes and one owner of multiple rental properties were accused of unreasonably consuming city, public, and law enforcement resources.
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Council sues city over public safety lease deal

April 23, 2014
Scott Olson
The City-County Council wants to force officials to produce documents relating to the controversial lease of the public safety operations center on the east side. It was vacated in September due to safety and health code violations.
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City controller floats idea to change retirement plans

April 23, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
If the plan is carried out, new city employees wouldn't be eligible for pensions through the Indiana Public Retirement System. Instead, they would have a defined-contribution plan similar to the 401(k) plans offered by private-sector employers.
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City's animal care and control chief resigns after suspensions

April 22, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
An interim administrator plans to get to the bottom of an apparent morale problem and fill at least 10 openings within the department.
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Removing false homestead exemptions to yield bonanza

April 22, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County stands to receive tens of millions of dollars from property owners who’ve been claiming false homestead deductions when this spring’s tax bills are collected.
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Zionsville, Perry Township move toward consolidation

April 22, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Zionsville could remain a town and gain an elected mayor if residents approve a government reorganization plan that’s speeding toward a November vote.
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BECKER: Indianapolis transit hub will redeem eyesoreRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Lynn Becker / Special to IBJ
Buses get no respect. Romance clings to the rails and to the grand stations that serve them. When you take a train, you may well find yourself in a replica of a Greek temple or the Baths of Caracalla.
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Brokers fear criminal justice complex could harm downtown

April 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
City officials and real estate professionals debated on Thursday the pain from moving jails, courts and other criminal justice functions to a proposed complex outside of downtown.
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City christens Market East cultural district downtown

April 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The area—roughly 14 square blocks—anticipates a passel of new development on and around the former site of Market Square Arena.
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CIB OKs Pacers subsidy after promise of no additional taxes

April 14, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The city’s Capital Improvement Board on Monday afternoon unanimously approved a $160 million, 10-year finance package to the Indiana Pacers for the operations of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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Kokomo, like Indy, trying to sway suburbanites to move inRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Greg Andrews
The mayors of Indy and Kokomo in late February gave remarkably similar state-of-the-city addresses, both focusing on the need to make their communities more desirable as places to live, not just do business.
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IEDC urging government bets on spec-buildingRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. is encouraging local governments to help finance speculative industrial buildings, which could land new businesses but could put at risk hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars.
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CIB chief: $160M Pacers deal won't require tax hike

April 11, 2014
Greg Andrews
CIB President Ann Lathrop said Friday that debt refinancings at low interest rates have freed up money to fund capital projects at the 14-year-old Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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Stephen Simon surfaces as Pacers' heir apparent

April 11, 2014
Greg Andrews, Kathleen McLaughlin, Scott Olson, Anthony Schoettle
Stephen Simon has been increasingly involved with the team since his father, Herb, acquired full ownership of the franchise before the death of Herb's brother Melvin in 2009.
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UPDATE: City reaches $160M deal with Pacers

April 10, 2014
Greg Andrews, Cory Schouten
The city's Capital Improvement Board will spend $160 million over 10 years on subsidy payments and stadium improvements for the Indiana Pacers in exchange for a lease extension through the 2023-2024 season.
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Councilor: ACLU settlement won't deter panhandling proposal

April 9, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Councilor Jeff Miller said the city's settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union over panhandling enforcement shouldn't deter a City-County Council effort to pass a more restrictive ordinance.
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Indianapolis reaches agreement with panhandlers

April 9, 2014
Associated Press
Panhandlers will be able to continue begging for money in Indianapolis as long as they don't harass motorists, under an agreement reached with the ACLU.
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Partisan battle freezes proposal to repave ravaged city streets

April 7, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Democrat-controlled City-County Council committee has tabled a proposal to spend $8 million in Rebuild Indy funds to repair thoroughfares hit hard by the brutal winter. Democrats say the project would favor Republican districts.
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Sweetener maker plans $21M in improvements, 151 new jobs

March 31, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based Heartland Food Product Groups is seeking nearly $1 million in tax breaks on building work and new equipment for its Indianapolis production facility.
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'Architecturally significant' Cummins HQ likely won't scrape downtown skyline

March 26, 2014
Scott Olson
The engine maker's planned global distribution headquarters downtown will seem modest compared to a 28-story apartment complex slated for across Market Street, but the firm has a strong history of promoting breath-taking architecture.
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Cummins to build downtown office building for 400 workers

March 26, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The $30 million project, which will include ground-floor retail and a parking garage, will occupy the two remaining parcels of the former Market Square Arena site.
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Westfield hopes to make money on Grand Park's ancillary development

March 22, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
As competition kicks off at Westfield’s sprawling Grand Park Sports Campus, city leaders are working to recruit corporate partners willing to support their field of dreams.
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Judge to Ballard rep: We decide where courts go

March 21, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Marion Superior judges on Friday gave a grudging endorsement to the former General Motors stamping plant site as the location for a proposed criminal justice complex, but not before sending a message to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard that the courts are their call.
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