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Family of woman killed by falling bottled-water pallets files suit

August 31, 2010
Cory Schouten
The estate of a woman killed when pallets of bottled water fell on her at a Kroger store in Franklin is suing the bottler, suggesting a new eco-friendly bottle design may have contributed to the accident.
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Some states suing feds also claim health subsidies

August 31, 2010
Associated Press
An administration official said Tuesday that seven states, including Indiana, suing the federal government are among 16 already approved for subsidies to help with the health care costs of early retirees.
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Simon sees improving retail conditions, analyst says

August 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc. said retailers leasing space in its malls have managed to weather the economic downturn and are already eyeing recovery plans for when the economy improves.
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Property at busy crossroads finally attracts buyer

August 31, 2010
Tom Harton
Environmental and zoning issues had made the property at the southwest corner of Keystone Avenue and Kessler Boulevard difficult to sell.
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New IU program lets students invest $100,000

August 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Kelley School of Business Dean Dan Smith said a $100,000 donation from two IU alumni will provide a hands-on learning opportunity for students.
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Kokomo firm taps state tax credits to make animated film

August 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Kokomo-based Bach Morris Technologies Corp. will spend $2.4 million to produce “Whoever Heard of a Herd of Fird?” a movie based on company co-founder Othello Bach’s 1984 best-seller “Whoever Heard of a Fird?” A Ball State University commercial spinoff will provide production and design services.
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Simon Property wraps up $2.3B outlet mall acquisition

August 30, 2010
Associated Press
Under the terms of the deal, Simon paid about $700 million for the owners' interests in Baltimore-based Prime Outlets and assumed $1.55 billion of Prime's debt and preferred stock.
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CIB approves 2011 budget

August 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Including debt obligations, the CIB's total budget for 2011 is expected to be $104.4 million. The City-County Council is set to receive the budget at its Sept. 20 meeting and could approve it Oct. 25.
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Indiana report shows drop in medical errors

August 30, 2010
Associated Press
The most common error in the 2009 report was a foreign object such as a sponge left in a patient after surgery.
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Groundbreaking nears for $4.5M apartment project

August 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
The 62-unit project called National Apartments on the Monon is the latest phase of the Martindale on the Monon redevelopment project, which began in 2005. The developer is Indianapolis-based Development Concepts Inc.
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UPDATE: Emmis shares slide after firm says deal in peril

August 30, 2010
Scott Olson
A private-equity firm backing Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan's buyout signed off on a compromise, but then changed its mind.
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Metropolis mall purchased by Israel firms

August 30, 2010
Aviv Arlon Global Ltd. pays $52 million for shopping center, which was in court-appointed receivership. Former real estate firm Premier Properties USA Inc. developed Metropolis, with an investment of $160 million.
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Equity firm withdraws support for revised Emmis deal

August 30, 2010
Scott Olson
A Monday morning announcement from Alden Global Capital puts CEO Jeff Smulyan's efforts to take Emmis private in real jeopardy. His attempts to sway preferred shareholders already have failed five times.
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City parking agreement to receive first scrutiny

August 30, 2010
Indianapolis' Department of Public Works Board and its City-County Council Rules and Public Policy Committee both will meet on Monday to consider the long-term deal. It would need approval from the City-County Council before taking effect.
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Delphi plans Kokomo lab as part of $25M project

August 30, 2010
Associated Press
The new engineering lab and a smaller utility building will help consolidate all of Delphi's 1,400 employees in Kokomo.
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Would-be buyer urging GM workers to vote on pay cuts

August 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A businessman seeking to buy General Motors Co.'s Indianapolis metal-stamping plant met with workers Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium to urge them to accept pay cuts allowing the sale.
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MotoGP attendance slips

August 29, 2010
Associated Press
A total of 136,184 spectators attended the three days of action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Teen motorcycle racer killed in crash at Speedway

August 29, 2010
Associated Press
The death of a 13-year-old motorcycle rider at Indianapolis Motor Speedway cast a shadow over Sunday's races at the historic track and prompted mourning competitors to defend the development system for the dangerous circuit.
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City vendor may get $1.2B from parking-privatization deal

August 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
The pitch from Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration to privatize the city's parking meters is compelling, but the proposal to sell the meters to Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services Inc. has the city giving up more in the long run than is immediately apparent.
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New enforcement rules worry environmental activists

August 28, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management's top attorney asked agency staff to change how they cite companies for violating the state's water pollution law.
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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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WFYI seeks more money from public broadcasting audience

August 28, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Public TV and radio broadcaster WFYI is counting on its listeners and viewers to open their wallets in a big way this fall, as it gears up for a campaign to grow its endowment well beyond its current $2.2 million.
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Banks still cautious on commercial real estateRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Scott Olson
Singed by the downturn, banks are winnowing real estate portfolios.
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Apartment developer S.C. Bodner sued over accessibilityRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
The National Fair Housing Alliance and two of its member groups allege that Bodner communities in eight states including Indiana violate accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act.
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Indianapolis hot rod event still on trackRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The National Hot Rod Association has had to go into fuel conservation mode during the recent economic downturn, but the California-based drag racing series seems to have come through the recession in better shape than many of its motorsports brethren.
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  1. It is nice and all that the developer grew up here and lives here, but do you think a company that builds and rehabs cottage-style homes has the chops to develop $150 Million of office, retail, and residential? I'm guessing they will quickly be over their skis and begging the city for even more help... This project should occur organically and be developed by those that can handle the size and scope of something like this as several other posters have mentioned.

  2. It amazes me how people with apparently zero knowledge of free markets or capitalism feel the need to read and post on a business journal website. Perhaps the Daily Worker would suit your interests better. It's definitely more sympathetic to your pro government theft views. It's too bad the Star is so awful as I'm sure you would find a much better home there.

  3. In other cities, expensive new construction projects are announced by real estate developers. In Carmel, they are announced by the local mayor. I am so, so glad I don't live in Carmel's taxbase--did you see that Carmel, a small Midwest suburb, has $500 million in debt?? That's unreal! The mayor thinks he's playing with Lego sets and Monopoly money here! Let these projects develop organically without government/taxpayer backing! Also, from a design standpoint, the whole town of Carmel looks comical. Grand, French-style buildings and promenades, sitting next to tire yards. Who do you guys think you are? Just my POV as a recent transplant to Indy.

  4. GeorgeP, you mention "necessities". Where in the announcement did it say anything about basic essentials like groceries? None of the plans and "vision" have basic essentials listed and nothing has been built. Traffic WILL be a nightmare. There is no east/west road capacity. GeorgeP, you also post on www.carmelchatter.com and your posts have repeatedly been proven wrong. You seem to have a fair amount of inside knowledge. Do you work on the third floor of Carmel City Hal?

  5. I don't know about the commuter buses...but it's a huge joke to see these IndyGo buses with just one or two passengers. Absolutely a disgusting waste of TAXPAYER money. Get some cojones and stop funding them. These (all of them) council members work for you. FIRE THEM!

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