Real Estate & Retail

Apartment developer plans 217 units in Lawrence

February 19, 2010
Cory Schouten
J.C. Hart Co. is designing plans for a $17 million upscale apartment community as part of the master-planned Lawrence Village at the Fort.
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Blackstone may join Simon's bid for General Growth

February 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest private-equity firm, may join Simon Property Group Inc.'s bid to buy bankrupt General Growth Properties Inc., according to two people with knowledge of the discussions.
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Kite Realty reports quarterly profit, annual loss

February 18, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based developer Kite Realty Group Trust turned a small profit in the fourth quarter, but reported a loss in 2009 amid difficult commercial real estate conditions.
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General Growth snubs initial offer from rival Simon

February 17, 2010
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. will have to wait in line with other potential bidders and raise its offer if it wants to land bankrupt rival General Growth Properties Inc., the Chicago-based company said in a letter late Tuesday.
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Westfield lumber company part of acquisition

February 16, 2010
Hall & House Lumber Co. in Westfield will become part of one of the largest distributors of lumber and building materials in the nation, once the purchase of its parent is completed next month.
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Simon making $10B bet on future of malls

February 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
Wall Street today is cheering Simon Property Group Inc.'s giant bet on the future of retail real estate, a sector that appeared left for dead just months ago. The nation's largest mall owner has offered $10 billion to take over its nearest rival, Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc., which is in bankruptcy.
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Simon offers $10 billion for General Growth

February 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Deal to acquire competitor would be largest ever for Simon Property Group, already the nation's largest mall operator.
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Banks suing Broadbent, pushing one strip center into bankruptcy

February 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Locally based Broadbent Co.’s legal battles with lenders have escalated, pushing one of its 34 strip malls into bankruptcy and prompting Huntington National Bank and PNC Bank to sue to collect principal owed on loans tied to four more.
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ICVA chief: Downtown Indianapolis will need another big hotelRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Scott Olson
The 1,000-room J.W. Marriott isn’t even finished and support already is emerging for a second downtown hotel that would rival it in size.
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City of Franklin selling two buildings, including former City Hall

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bids for one or both of the properties will be accepted from Feb. 17 through March 16 at the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office at 70 E. Monroe St.
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HHGregg's faster growth boosts risk, potential rewardsRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
HHGregg Inc. had been in business nearly a half century when it hit the 50-store mark in 2004. It plans to open nearly that number within the next year.
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Development firm Sandor leaving midtown for CarmelRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
Strip-center owner and developer Sandor Development Co. is moving its headquarters to Hamilton County after almost 50 years in Indianapolis.
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Herb Simon purchases Kirkus book review journal

February 11, 2010
Scott Olson
In a move not necessarily stranger than fiction, Herb Simon has bought Kirkus Reviews, the venerable journal of prepublication book reviews. The owner of the Indiana Pacers co-owns an independent bookstore in California and is described as a voracious reader.
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Senator backs down on bill altering historic-district rules

February 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
Sen. Patricia Miller will put on hold a bill that would have have stripped the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission of much of its authority. The bill was prompted by incidents including a dispute over St. John United Church of Christ.
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Kmart closing adds to Connersville jobless woes

February 11, 2010
Kmart's announcement that it will close its store in Connersville in May will put 59 employees out of work. Fayette County, where the city is located, already is strapped by steep job losses.
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UPDATE: Steak n Shake confirms new corporate HQ

February 9, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co. updated its Web site this week to reflect a new corporate headquarters address in San Antonio, confirming a story in IBJ's Feb. 8 print edition.
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Owners, developers see silver lining in health care real estate

February 9, 2010
Tom Harton
Health care real estate has survived the nation’s weak economy better than most sectors, and some owners and developers think it’s positioned to thrive.
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Steak n Shake changing its name, moving HQ to Texas

February 6, 2010
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis is on the verge of losing one of its most prominent public companies. The Steak n Shake Co. is planning to change its name to Biglari Holdings Inc. and move its headquarters to San Antonio. The Steak n Shake restaurant chain would retain a presence in Indianapolis.
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Law firm adds historic home to campusRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Plews Shadley Racher & Braun has finished a careful restoration of the Eden-Talbott House, continuing a strategy of shunning glass and steel.
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COPPER: Misunderstandings put Indiana school funding in a bind

February 6, 2010
Mike Copper
State government overreacted in its attempts to reign in construction costs, and should seek middle ground
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Brizzi contributor Epperly no stranger to controversy

February 6, 2010
Greg Andrews
Harrison Epperly has made a fortune in his business career, but he's also sparked controversy.
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UPDATE: Simon shares climb after profit beats estimates

February 5, 2010
Bloomberg News
The company raised its average rent per square foot at both regional malls and outlet centers even as U.S. consumer spending flagged.
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Simon Property's quarterly profit tumbles

February 5, 2010
Bloomberg News
Quarterly revenue remained flat at about $1 billion, but profit fell 41 percent, from $196.4 million to $115.9 million.
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Ex-Indiana player Leary arrested in fraud case

February 5, 2010
Associated Press
The 39-year-old Leary was being held Friday in the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington on charges out of Allen County.
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Simon, partner selling European malls for $981M

February 5, 2010
Bloomberg News
Unibail-Rodamco SE, Europe's biggest shopping-center owner, has agreed to pay Simon Property Group and Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc. $981 million for stakes in seven malls in France and Poland.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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