Real Estate & Retail

Brookfield after 30-percent stake in General Growth, source says

February 23, 2010
Bloomberg News
The plan by Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management would give General Growth Properties a higher valuation than a $10 billion takeover bid by Simon Property Group.
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Resource Commercial Real Estate pursuing Colliers flag

February 23, 2010
Cory Schouten
Resource Commercial Real Estate is one of a handful of local real estate brokerage firms angling to take over an affiliation with Colliers International.
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Report: Brookfield plans bid for Simon target General Growth

February 23, 2010
Bloomberg News
Brookfield Asset Management Inc. plans to bid for a stake in General Growth Properties Inc., beating an offer by Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. for the bankrupt shopping mall owner, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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Receiver: Insolvent Hansen & Horn should be liquidated

February 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The troubled home builder's $14.5 million in liabilities are twice as much as its assets, receiver tells Marion County judge, who takes the recommendation under advisement.
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Metro-area home sales plummet

February 22, 2010
January home sales in the nine-county Indianapolis area fell 16.5 percent from the same month last year, according to a report from Re/Max of Indiana. But the housing news wasn't all bad. The average price of a home in the area jumped 12.1 percent.
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Commercial brokers trying property management in hard times

February 20, 2010
Scott Olson
The commercial real estate slump is prompting several Indianapolis brokerages to add property-management services to their portfolios or bolster existing ones.
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Simon's $10 billion bid for bankrupt General Growth roils retailingRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. already is known for playing hardball with mall tenants over rent. So national retailers like The Gap Inc. and Limited Brands Inc. will be bracing for future lease negotiations if the nation's largest mall owner succeeds in a $10 billion bid to take over its nearest rival, the bankrupt General Growth Properties Inc.
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Millionaire lawyer jumps into Melvin Simon will fight

February 20, 2010
Greg Andrews
Mike Ciresi, who’s representing widow Bren Simon, helped win a $6 billion settlement from the tobacco industry.
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Urban Land Institute chapter launches in IndianapolisRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Chapter, heavily populated by developers, hopes to guide sustainable development.
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TROY: New law frees contaminated real estate from purgatory

February 20, 2010
Paul Troy
State environmental regulators now must consider leaving contamination in the ground so long as it doesn't threaten health
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General Growth board sued for rejecting $10B Simon bid

February 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Directors at Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc. are being sued by a shareholder claiming they shouldn’t have rejected a $10 billion buyout offer from competitor Simon Property Group Inc.
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Airport picks team to study re-use of land at old terminal site

February 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority's plan for the next "30 to 50 years" starts with a team tapped Friday morning. Five firms will study ways to use airport property, including the former passenger terminal.
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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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