Real Estate & Retail

Carmel City Center gaining momentum

April 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
Thirteen years after Mayor Jim Brainard first described his vision for a new downtown along Range Line Road, Carmel City Center is starting to look like a city.
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Politically connected broker's deals raise conflict questions

April 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
John Bales' firm earned $2.9M in commissions on leases for state agencies and $270,000 in commissions on the sale of surplus state properties. He also acted as a developer for public-sector tenants—putting them into buildings owned by him or his associates.
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Many retail locations plagued by vacanciesRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Vacancy rates unseen in 20 years are hampering efforts by developers.
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With five new acquisitions, Skillman builds car-lot dynastyRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Ray Skillman bought five car lots in the last 12 months from other dealers who have struggled during the recession. Skillman now ranks among the five largest dealers in the area, and his chain is poised for even more growth.
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A new real estate crisis could wreck recoveryRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Greg Andrews
Borrowers may not be able to refinance many of the more than $1.4 trillion in commercial real estate mortgages coming due by the end of 2014.
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INSIDE DISH: Mug-n-Bun rides on 50-year formula

April 23, 2010
Mason King
MugnBun_WatchVideoIBJ's new video feature on restaurateurs tries curbside service at Speedway's Mug-n-Bun, unchanged in concept since the 1960s but now sporting subtle tweaks.
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Local firm's Carolina development slides into bankruptcy

April 22, 2010
Scott Olson
Owner of Flaherty & Collins' apartment complex in Raleigh seeks to reorganize debts related to a $24.8 million loan. It's the second Flaherty & Collins project in North Carolina to fall into bankruptcy in six months.
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Simon adds $1.1B to General Growth proposal

April 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc. added four backers to its proposal to help rival mall owner General Growth Properties Inc. emerge from bankruptcy, increasing the plan’s total investment by $1.1 billion.
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Revised Mel Simon estate suit calls Bren 'abusive'

April 21, 2010
Greg Andrews
Melvin Simon’s daughter Deborah is lashing out at her stepmother Bren in a new court filing, saying  she was “mentally and verbally abusive” toward the billionaire late in his life and kept him isolated from friends and family.
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Santorini owner realizes 'American Dream' with national honor

April 21, 2010
Scott Olson
Fountain Square eatery owner Taki Sawi is one of only three restaurant operators to receive an award given by National Restaurant Association every two years.
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Circle Centre arcade reopens under new ownership

April 20, 2010
Texas-based Tilt Family Entertainment acquires GameWorks chain, which closed last month, leaving gaping hole on fourth floor of mall.
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Marsh renews effort to sublease headquarters

April 20, 2010
Tom Harton
Most of the 148,000-square-foot building just north and east of the 96th Street/Interstate 69 interchange is empty.
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Simon's General Growth plan 'crazy,' fund manager says

April 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
Bid to invest in General Growth Properties would give Simon too much control over its biggest competitor, said fund manager Bruce Berkowitz, who's backing a rival plan.
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Higher-priced home sales on the rise

April 19, 2010
A total of 242 homes in the nine-county area sold for at least $250,000 last month, an increase of 23.5 percent from the same time last year.
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Lender suffers own painful loss after homeowner's deathRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Greg Andrews
A home that fetched $1.6 million in 2005 fetched a mere $370,000 when the lender sold it last year.
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Historic preservation group poised to expand roleRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Historic Landmarks' endowment is down sharply, but executives believe they can afford to take on the cultural-events-center project.
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Biglari's comparisons to Buffett debatedRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Cory Schouten
Sardar Biglari has copied some of the trademarks of his investing idol, Warren Buffett, including a folksy annual letter to shareholders. But Biglari is just starting his career and already is showing signs of taking a different approach than that of the Oracle of Omaha.
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General Growth seeks better offer than Simon's

April 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth Properties Inc. is seeking a higher price, fewer stock warrants or both from Brookfield Asset Management Inc. after its bankruptcy exit plan was matched by Simon Property Group Inc.
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INSIDE DISH: Restaurateur rebounds with Pizzology

April 16, 2010
Mason King
Pizzology_WatchVideoAfter a sales slowdown during the recession forced him to close the high-end eatery L'explorateur, Neal Brown mulled a move into Neopolitan-style pizza with friendlier price points. The result—Pizzology Pizzeria & Pub—is off to a profitable start.
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Failed developer of French Lick casino sues Cook exec

April 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Cook Group Chairman Steve Ferguson is target of complaint that charges he and others violated federal racketeering laws by serving on an entity that recommended a team that included Bill Cook to develop the French Lick Resort project.
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Simon mansion in Bel Air on market for $50M

April 15, 2010
Scott Olson
The 20,000-square-foot estate is in the ritzy neighborhood's most prestigious area, and boasts eight bedrooms and 16 bathrooms.
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Local Scholars Inn sold, to reopen under new name

April 14, 2010
Scott Olson
The Mass Ave. restaurant is set to become Mesh, which will feature a more casual atmosphere and menu, as well as a new operator who will lease the space from the building's owners.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Real estate maven keeps even keel

April 14, 2010
Mason King
LQHenry_WatchVideoIn IBJ's new video feature offering management wisdom, Jeff Henry of commercial real estate brokerage Cassidy Turley reveals how to keep your staff cool when the heat is on.
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Simon Property Group cranks up bid for General Growth

April 14, 2010
Simon Property Group upped its offer for rival General Growth Properties Inc., pledging to invest $2.5 billion in a reorganization and match the terms of a bankruptcy exit plan led by Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
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Kite Realty Group slashes CEO's pay 44 percent

April 14, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
John A. Kite's total compensation fell to $689,074 last year while the rest of his management team also took deep pay cuts.
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