Real Estate & Retail

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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Cook promises Old Centrum work will be done by year-end

April 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Philanthropist Bill Cook will manage a $7 million restoration of the former Old Centrum building at 12th Street and Central Avenue in Indianapolis, and the newly renamed Indiana Landmarks will move its headquarters there.
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Indiana Design Center lines up tenants

April 13, 2010
Tom Harton
The $25 million project, which is the cornerstone of Carmel's Arts & Design District, has signed 11 interior design-related tenants and a restaurant.
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Report: Simon may drop General Growth bid

April 12, 2010
Bloomberg News
Shares in General Growth Properties Inc., the second-biggest U.S. mall owner, fell as much as 6.7 percent Monday morning after a newsletter report that Simon Property Group Inc. may abandon a takeover bid for its smaller rival.
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Historic Landmarks to announce move, name change

April 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana is expected to announce Tuesday that it will move its headquarters to the Old Centrum at 12th Street and Central Avenue in Indianapolis.
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Area home sales, prices continue to improve

April 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Sales agreements in the nine-county area rose last month by 10.6 percent, compared with the same month last year, while prices jumped 12.1 percent.
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Lilly sets date for move from Faris campus downtown

April 12, 2010
Work force reductions, new business structure make leased office space unnecessary. Moves will begin in late June.
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INSIDE DISH: Harried chef at R bistro tries to keep it fresh

April 9, 2010
Mason King
InsideDish_Rbistro_WVIn IBJ's new video feature on front-burner business issues that vex restaurants, Regina Mehallick of downtown's R bistro mulls the financial and personal demands of running a chef-owned eatery with a menu that changes every week.
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Steak n Shake unveils new restaurant prototype

April 9, 2010
Cory Schouten
The company now known as Biglari Holdings Inc. on Thursday unveiled a new prototype for future Steak n Shake restaurants. CEO Sardar Biglari said the goal is to open about 1,500 new franchise locations in the coming years.
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Financial backer agrees to drop suit against Lauth

April 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Affiliates of Lauth's largest financial backer, Inland American Real Estate Trust in Chicago, agree to dismiss their suit against the Indianapolis-based developer, and also withdraw a request to have a Chapter 11 trustee appointed.
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UPDATE: Steak n Shake shareholders OK name change

April 8, 2010
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake Co. shareholders on Thursday approved changing the parent company’s name to Biglari Holdings Inc. Shares begin trading under the new name on Friday.
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Steak n Shake CEO woos investors in New York City

April 8, 2010
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake Co. doesn't operate a single restaurant in New York City, where it is hosting its annual meeting Thursday. But the world financial capital is chock full of high-profile investors intrigued by Steak n Shake CEO Sardar Biglari's plans to harvest cash from the 485-location restaurant chain and deploy it on other investments.
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City's No. 2 real estate agency changes brands

April 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Century 21 Realty Group is now Prudential Indiana Realty Group, affecting 418 agents in 12 offices around Indiana.
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Shelbyville insulation company laying off 100 workers

April 8, 2010
Knauf Insulation will idle employees in June for at least six months, as demand for its building products remains soft.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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