Real Estate & Retail

Noble Roman's boosts profit in 2009

March 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Noble Roman's Inc. improved its bottom line in 2009, reporting a $1.7 million profit despite revenue that dropped 16 percent to $7.5 million.
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Simon weighs new General Growth bid, sources say

March 17, 2010
Associated Press
Simon Property Group Inc. is considering raising its $10 billion buyout offer for rival shopping mall owner General Growth Properties Inc. as early as this week.
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Judge: Bren Simon can't liquidate Simon Property holdings

March 16, 2010
Greg Andrews
A Hamilton County judge says Mel Simon’s widow can’t cash in partnership units worth more than $500 million.
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Bakehouse drives growth for Scholars Inn

March 16, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
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                           iconScholars Inn’s growth engine is its wholesale bakery, which distributes granola and other fresh products across state lines thanks to deals with partners like Kroger.
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Former Summit House apartment tower sold

March 16, 2010
Tom Harton
The landmark apartment building at 38th and Meridian streets formerly known as Summit House has been purchased by a pair of Chicago investors who plan to invest  “a significant amount of capital” into the 20-story tower.
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Custom builders, banks convene to discuss lending environment

March 16, 2010
Tom Harton
The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis is trying to jump-start new home construction by convening a forum on how builders can adapt to banks’ stricter lending requirements.
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No buyers surfacing for former Winona Hospital

March 15, 2010
As of Monday morning, the Marion County Metropolitan Development Commission had received no bids to buy the property. MDC is set to begin reviewing bids at its Wednesday meeting.
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Simon, rival seek foreign investors to back General Growth bid

March 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group and its chief rival in the battle to acquire bankrupt shopping mall operator General Growth Properties Inc. are seeking funding from sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East and Asia, according to the Financial Times of London.
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Local luxury home sales jumped in February

March 15, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Luxury home sales in central Indiana surged in February despite an overall decline in home sales, Re/Max of Indiana reported Monday morning.
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Brizzi's lease deals benefited friend, donor

March 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
Records show Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi directed lucrative work for the Prosecutor's Office to his friend, business partner and political contributor John Bales.
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Recycler J. Solotken & Co. recycles old building

March 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Century-old firm moves from facility it had occupied since 1936 to former home of Frank E. Irish Co.
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Carmel contractor offers scholarshipsRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based Williams Comfort Air, a heating and cooling contractor, is accepting nominations for its Extraordinairy Treasures annual scholarship program. Six one-time scholarships totaling $5,000 will be awarded to high school seniors based on community service, leadership activities and family commitment.
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Indianapolis Housing Agency pulls off big tax credit deal

March 13, 2010
Tom Harton
City agency plans renovations, expansions at eight apartment properties.
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Marine tech unit to fill four floors at struggling M&I Plaza

March 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
A 10-year, $20 million deal for a civilian division of the U.S. Marine Corps to occupy four floors of the 28-story M&I Plaza building downtown will push the city's sixth-largest office tower from a woeful 30-percent occupancy rate to about 50 percent.
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Carpenter Realtors trots out smart phone technology

March 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Specialized bar codes will be on Carpenter materials ranging from print advertisements to yard signs.
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Simon says new General Growth plan is less uncertain

March 11, 2010
Bloomberg News
A new plan by mall owner General Growth Properties Inc. to exit bankruptcy resolves some uncertainty rival bidder Simon Property Group Inc. has criticized, Simon CEO David Simon says.
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Area home sales, prices show increase

March 11, 2010
The housing market could be awakening from its deep sleep, if February home-sale agreement figures are any indication.
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Former Saturn franchise in Fishers enters new orbit

March 11, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An All Things Automotive franchise is replacing Saturn of Fishers. The concept, aimed particularly at displaced Saturn dealers, involves used-car sales and service bays stocked by Carquest.
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Lawyers in Simon estate case fight over what should be public

March 10, 2010
Greg Andrews, Cory Schouten
Parties disagreed over public disclosure in the first major court hearing in the dispute over how to divide the billionaire's fortune.
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Delta Faucet cutting 40 more jobs at Greensburg plant

March 10, 2010
The Carmel-based company said its decision to consolidate machining activities at a plant in Tennessee is driven by weak retail sales and a sluggish housing market.
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Huge tax-credit deal will fund rehab of 538 apartment units

March 9, 2010
Tom Harton
The largest tax credit deal in state history will fund the rehabilitation of 538 apartments in four complexes owned by the Indianapolis Housing Agency.
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General Growth investors add $3.93B to Brookfield plan

March 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
The cash payment matches a provision of a competing bid by Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc., which has offered to buy its biggest competitor for more than $10 billion and pay all unsecured creditors.
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Timber industry seeks respect, profit from 'green' standards

March 6, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Why should bamboo imported from Asia or steel made through intensive use of energy be consider greener than locally grown trees? timber interests ask.
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Simon Property CEO uses hard-nosed style to excel at acquisitions

March 6, 2010
Cory Schouten
David Simon, the shrewd and blunt deal-maker—an acquisitive former Wall Street wunderkind who transformed Simon Property Group Inc. into the nation's largest mall owner—is trying to land his biggest deal yet.
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Motorsports park proposed for southwest side of Indy

March 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Plans call for a Motocross track, one-fifth-mile dirt track and ATV trails on 36 acres near Interstate 465 and Mann Road.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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