Local Government

City expected to tap Flaherty & Collins for former MSA site

July 15, 2013
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
The prolific local developer Flaherty & Collins Properties is expected to land a deal with the city to build a residential and commercial skyscraper on part of the former home of Market Square Arena, multiple sources said Monday evening.
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City set to unveil Market Square project plans

July 15, 2013
Scott Olson
City officials will reveal the winner Tuesday morning from six teams that bid on redeveloping the downtown site. All proposed mixed-use projects, but they ranged in size from eight to 52 stories.
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Westfield's sports plan is grand

July 13, 2013
Jeff Newman
When it opens next spring, the aptly named Grand Park Sports Campus will be the largest youth sports complex of its kind in the country.
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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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Public safety department looks to go hybrid on 1,035 cars

July 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety could save $8.6 million over the next five years by replacing 1,035 non-patrol vehicles with plug-in electric hybrids, according to an internal review released Tuesday.
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Indianapolis to beef up police presence on streets

July 7, 2013
Associated Press
More than 100 uniformed police officers will be deployed within weeks on Indianapolis' streets to combat a rise in violent crime, under a plan unveiled by the mayor and other city officials.
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Indianapolis aims to become top center for cricket

July 4, 2013
Associated Press
The Midwestern city best known for its basketball and auto racing is gearing up for a proper game of cricket — the ball-and-bat sport most Americans know only from British films or by surfing through international sports channels.
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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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Issuers of bonds burned by rate hikeRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Government entities across Indiana have spent the past two years refinancing every possible bond to take advantage of historically low rates, but the savings might not be so easy to come by if rates continue to rise.
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Fishers plans $3M park with zip line, sledding hill

June 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Town officials are working to transform 80 acres of suburban farmland east of Geist Reservoir into a destination-worthy park with adventure options for bikers, hikers, sledders and anglers.
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Hostess prepares to open plant despite tax-break question

June 25, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Hostess Brands LLC has asked the city for a tax abatement on $10 million in new equipment. City officials might decide on July 3, but Hostess is moving ahead with its plans to reopen the plant that closed in November.
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Ballard veto hints at plan to increase police on streets

June 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Instead of freeing up $6 million in Rebuild Indy funds for new recruits, city officials will soon debut a plan to move 100 officers from desk jobs to patrol, according to the mayor.
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City to review tax breaks for five tech firms

June 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The biotech and technology companies could see their Marion County tax abatements reduced or cancelled if officials decide they didn't fulfill promises on new investment and hiring.
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Seiwert to rejoin city as corporation counsel

June 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Andrew Seiwert, who twice has served as associate corporation counsel for Indianapolis, will succeed Samantha Karn as she takes a position with the University of Indianapolis.
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Fishers' first mayoral election set for next year

June 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Fishers residents will elect their first mayor a year earlier than expected due to a change in state law that establishes Jan. 1, 2015, as the date the town becomes a city.
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Incentives draw industrial developer to AmeriPlex

June 18, 2013
Scott Olson
A city tax abatement has led Atlanta-based Industrial Developments International to build a 794,608-square-foot speculative building in AmeriPlex and to plan construction of another, 460,000-square-foot building there.
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Indianapolis moving forward with startup land bankRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The executive director of the Land Bank of Indianapolis anticipates working with the city to issue a request for qualifications aimed at charitable and for-profit entities interested in acquiring properties.
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New Hostess owners want abatement for equipment

June 14, 2013
Cory Schouten
The new owners of Hostess Brands are seeking a tax abatement to support investment of $10 million in new equipment for a plant on the east side that could employ up to 145 people.
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City won't take back suspect properties sold by Land Bank

June 14, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city of Indianapolis won't try to take back properties that were sold by its Indy Land Bank to suspect not-for-profits or to Naptown Housing Group LLC, in which former land bank director Reggie Walton is alleged to be a silent partner.
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City to host USA Cricket championships in 2014

June 14, 2013
The tournament is slated for the new Indianapolis World Sports Park on the far-east side for three years beginning in 2014, the USA Cricket Association said.
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Greenwood sues over failed pharmaceutical facility

June 13, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers says city officials had tried for months to help with talks with possible investors for Elona Biotechnologies, without any progress.
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City awards $1M in federal funds for bike-rental service

June 12, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Wisconsin-based B-Cycle LLC received a contract to spend up to $1.5 million to install its electronic stations and purchase bikes. Any spending beyond the federal funds will be covered by the Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc.
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Bike sharing lined up for downtown Cultural Trail

June 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city is prepared to award $1.5 million in federal funds to Wisconsin-based B-Cycle LLC, which would provide the service along the 8-mile route downtown.
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Councilor raises questions about cricket group's track record

June 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The USA Cricket Association, a group that Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard hopes will bring high-level competition to a new $6 million local sports park, staged zero national tournaments in 2012.
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Center Township trustee to list Mass Ave buildingRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The township board in late May gave Trustee Eugene Akers permission to list the property, which has a five-story office building on 1-1/3 acres of land.
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