Real Estate & Retail

Downtown buildings land arts tenants

March 30, 2010
Tom Harton
Vonnegut Memorial Library Inc. will move into 1,100 square feet at 340 N. Senate Ave. The Arts Council of Indianapolis will occupy 5,400 square feet at 922 N. Pennsylvania St.
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Fishers Town Council delays vote on $19M auto mall

March 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
If the council gives its blessing, construction could begin this spring on Butler Automotive Group's five-dealership development along State Road 37. About 230 jobs could be created.
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Severance boosts pay of former Duke Realty exec

March 29, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Duke Realty's former chief operating officer took home $3.1 million last year. The office, industrial and retail property owner and manager also awarded raises to its CEO and the rest of his management team.
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Engeledow Group acquires estate landscaper

March 29, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Engledow Group, one of the Indianapolis area's largest landscape companies, has acquired Litchfield Landscape Co. to bolster its estates division.
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Tax-break deadline spurs spec homes in Parade

March 29, 2010
Scott Olson
This spring's Parade of Home is being held about two weeks earlier than normal to help builders lure homebuyers who want to take advantage of federal incentives intended to give the residential real estate market a boost. Builders also are taking chances on more spec homes.
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General Growth preparing to file finance plan

March 29, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth is weighing options to exit Chapter 11 protection, with competing bids from Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. and Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
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Former Thomson plant back in bankruptcyRestricted Content

March 27, 2010
Cory Schouten
A Bloomington investor bought the sprawling complex out of receivership in 2008, and had hoped to spend more than $20 million to renovate it.
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Big payday for lawyers in concrete price-fixing case irks Duke

March 27, 2010
Greg Andrews
Duke Realty is fighting a request to award an additional $9.7 million in attorneys' fees, calling the amount excessive.
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Simon Property hiked CEO's pay 34.7 percent last year

March 26, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
David Simon's $4.6 million in total compensation last year was $1.2 million more than in 2008. The rest of his management team's pay declined or remained flat.
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Lugar Tower project delayed by lack of tax credits

March 26, 2010
Scott Olson
Renovation of apartment building owned by the Indianapolis Housing Agency will have to wait, after it failed to receive the necessary federal backing to fund it. Three other IHA projects, including Caravelle Commons, will move forward, however.
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Finish Line reports big jump in sales, profit

March 25, 2010
Cory Schouten
Shares of athletic retail specialist The Finish Line Inc. were soaring in after-hours trading Thursday after the company reported strong fourth-quarter sales and a growing pile of cash on its pristine balance sheet.
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Judge tosses fraud claim in Mel Simon estate case

March 25, 2010
Greg Andrews
Judge William J. Hughes ruled Deborah Simon failed to make her claim with “sufficient specificity.”
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Local beverage entrepreneur retrenches with new venture

March 25, 2010
Scott Olson
J. Smoke Wallin launches Pelican Brands LLP to help booze companies market and distribute their products after his attempts to acquire underperforming brands fizzled due to the credit crunch.
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Fishers Town Council set to review auto mall plans

March 25, 2010
Butler Automotive Group is proposing a $19 million development along Indiana 37 that could include five auto dealerships and create about 230 jobs.
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Longtime F.C. Tucker president retiring

March 23, 2010
Scott Olson
Fred Tucker, who has led F.C. Tucker Co. since 1986, will leave the company April 1 and hand the reins to business partner H. James Litten.
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Another General Growth suitor enters fray

March 23, 2010
Bloomberg News
Elliott Associates LP and Paulson & Co. are said to be discussing a plan to team with Brookfield Asset Management Inc. to bring mall owner General Growth Properties Inc. out of bankruptcy, competing with Simon Property Group.
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Receivership business picks up for property managers

March 23, 2010
Tom Harton
Companies hired by the courts to manage properties in financial distress are benefiting as the number of such properties grows.
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Insurer lending $7M for east-side Super Bowl project

March 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The aim is to spur redevelopment on the city's blighted near-east side before the 2012 Super Bowl is played in Indianapolis.
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Prosecutor Brizzi defends no-cost real estate deal

March 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi paid nothing for a 50-percent stake in an Elkhart office building he acquired with a local defense attorney.
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Blue Bell ice cream coming to Indianapolis

March 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries will begin selling its ice cream in nine metropolitan Meijer stores beginning April 5. Distribution will be assisted by the building of a 12,000-square-foot facility on the northwest side.
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Home builder officially declares bankruptcy

March 19, 2010
Indianapolis home builder Hansen & Horn Group Inc. has officially declared bankruptcy after owners agreed to liquidate the company earlier this month.
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Shoe Carnival profit beats estimates

March 18, 2010
Evansville-based shoe and apparel retailer reports strong sales of boots and athletic footwear.
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Simon Property Group adds Glasscock to board

March 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Former WellPoint Inc. leader Larry Glasscock has joined the board of directors of the Indianapolis-based real estate giant.
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Judge's disclosure rules broader than Bren Simon sought

March 17, 2010
Greg Andrews
The protective order will allow David Simon and Cynthia Simon-Skjodt access to records, even though they aren't plaintiffs.
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Deadline passes with no bids to buy Winona

March 17, 2010
The city of Indianapolis, which had listed the property for $667,500, had hoped to sell it the former hospital for redevelopment.
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