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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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Crew making quick progress on Citizens Energy sewage tunnelRestricted Content

June 8, 2013

The Deep Rock Tunnel is the largest public-works project in the city’s history, and Citizens customers are already paying for the first phase, which cost $444 million.

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Fishers, Noblesville put cuffs on charities to recoup tax revenue

June 8, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Two growing Hamilton County communities looking to build their commercial tax base are taking steps to ensure land targeted for development doesn’t end up in the hands of organizations that don’t pay taxes.
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Indy gets $1.6M from EPA to address brownfields

June 6, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis is launching a new strategy devoted to cleaning up abandoned industrial sites and sparking development in some of the capital city's most blighted neighborhoods.
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Fraud victim says he was duped twice over land bank house

June 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Joseph Satterfield says he paid twice for his residence at 624 Congress Ave., but he still doesn’t have his hands on the deed to the house that was held by the Indy Land Bank.
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San Francisco firm set to land towing contract

June 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
AutoReturn is in line for a five-year citywide towing-management deal after getting unanimous approval Wednesday from the Indianapolis Board of Code Enforcement.
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Metropolitan development director gains deputy

June 4, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The department has been without a deputy director since 2002, when former Mayor Bart Peterson eliminated the position because of budget reductions, DMD spokesman John Bartholomew said.
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Longtime business, civic leader Walls dies at 86

June 3, 2013
John W. Walls served as president of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce from 1977 to 1992 and as senior deputy mayor of Indianapolis under Richard Lugar.
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City can tap $39 million in low-interest loansRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Affordable-housing builders are enthusiastic about the new source of low-cost capital, which is targeted at a large swath of the inner city, excepting downtown.
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Land bank legislation could get lost in shuffle of deep agendaRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Legislative leaders recently assigned House Bill 1317 to the standing commission, which is also due to tackle such subjects as township assistance, agricultural land valuation and a motorsports commission.
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