Real Estate & Retail

Property tax caps stand good odds in the 2010 legislative sessionRestricted Content

December 19, 2009
Norm Heikens
Lawmakers are likely to pass property tax legislation, which would send it to a voter referendum in November and potentially into the state constitution.
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Giant Heartland Crossing housing development hangs on

December 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Short sales and foreclosures in this 2,200-unit development began cropping up several years ago and continue today.
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General Growth says it will consider acquisition offers

December 18, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
General Growth Properties, the Chicago mall owner that Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. is interested in buying, said the company will consider all offers and may sell shares to the public to raise capital.
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Brightpoint pays $31M for distribution facility

December 17, 2009
Cory Schouten
Locally based Brightpoint Inc. has closed on a $31 million deal to purchase its 495,000-square-foot distribution facility in Plainfield.
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UPDATE: Steak n Shake plan makes 'perfect sense' to investment pro

December 15, 2009
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co.’s unusual plan to initiate a reverse stock split has the support of at least one local investment adviser, if in fact the company’s CEO is attempting to model it after Warren Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway.
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Binford group plots next steps in retail revival

December 15, 2009
Tom Harton
The commercial area at 71st Street and Binford Boulevard is recovering from its funk, but a true transformation hinges on implementing a master plan.
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Steak n Shake plans 20-1 reverse stock split

December 15, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co., in an unusual gambit, plans to initiate a reverse stock split that would reduce its number of shares outstanding from almost 29 million to just 1.4 million and boost its per-share price from roughly $12 to $240.
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Local home builder placed in receivership

December 14, 2009
Scott Olson
A receiver appointed to manage the assets of financially troubled Hansen & Horn Group Inc. will recommend whether the Indianapolis-based home builder should remain in business.
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Stout's Shoes still in step after 123 years

December 12, 2009
Brock Benefiel
After more than a century in business, Indianapolis-based Stout’s Footwear Co. isn’t just surviving. It also is proceeding with plans to open a store next year on the city’s north side.
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Espresso Book Machine could open new pages in local retailingRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
The pricey Espresso prints and binds books while customers wait. But retailers aren't sure what to expect when the the machine gains wider acceptance.
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General Growth deal would extend Simon's mall dominance

December 12, 2009
Cory Schouten
Wall Street analysts have described the potential sale of Chicago-based General Growth Properties as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for a company to make “the deal of the decade” in the shopping-mall business.
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Greenfield chain makes gas stations a family affair

December 12, 2009
Marc D. Allan
In high-turnover industry of gas stations and convenience stores, Greenfield-based GasAmerica builds loyalty under the guidance of CEO Stephanie White-Longworth.
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Retail sales rise more than expected

December 11, 2009
Associated Press
The government's report came as a surprise because the nation's retailers have been reporting generally lackluster results for the start of the holiday shopping season.
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Area home sales tick up

December 9, 2009
Scott Olson
Home-sale agreements in the nine-county Indianapolis area rose 3.3 percent in November, marking the third consecutive month they've showed a year-over-year increase.
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Bloomington panel won't support chain-store ban

December 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A task force appointed by Bloomington's mayor will instead look at other options for protecting the small-town character of the city's downtown from standardized chain stores and eateries.
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Bella Vita restaurant planned for Circle Centre

December 8, 2009
Scott Olson
An Italian restaurant whose owner has ties to embattled local businessman Tim Durham is poised to take the first-floor space in Circle Centre mall formerly occupied by Bertolini’s.
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UPDATE: Simon stock jumps on $2.3B acquisition

December 8, 2009
Cory Schouten
Adding the 22-mall portfolio of Baltimore-based Prime Outlets will give Simon a total of 63 outlet malls with more than 25 million square feet of space.
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Patachou owner's pizzeria granted alcohol permit

December 8, 2009
Scott Olson
Café Patachou owner Martha Hoover’s plan to open a pizzeria next to her trademark eatery at 49th and Pennsylvania streets in Indianapolis cleared its final hurdle Monday.
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Simon buying Prime Outlets in $2.3B deal

December 8, 2009
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. is doubling down on outlet malls with an agreement to buy Baltimore-based Prime Outlets, a privately held firm that owns 22 of the giant properties.
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Kosene becoming full-service residential brokerage

December 8, 2009
Tom Harton
Kosene & Kosene is launching a full-service residential real estate brokerage, in part to counter a tough development market.
 
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Asking price for Hilbert estate drops below $10M

December 7, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
After more than four years on the market, the Carmel estate built for Conseco Inc. founder Stephen Hilbert is listed at $9.9 million—less than half of the original asking price and a third of the $30 million it was estimated to be worth in 2001.
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Revived Marsh Supermarkets goes up for sale

December 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
Florida-based Sun Capital has completed the turnaround of Marsh Supermarkets and now is seeking a buyer for the home-grown chain. CEO Frank Lazaran told IBJ Sun will sell Marsh “when the market is right, financing is right, and someone is willing to pay a fair multiple.”
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Builder looks to cold storage for steady work in a weak economyRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Cold storage might become a hot business for a building contractor.
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City mulls 6 proposals for use of Old City Hall

December 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler

Visions for the empty historic building range from offices to a museum. Two developers propose a boutique hotel on an adjacent parking lot. Video bonus: Tour the landmark's interior.

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Simon buying General Growth debt for possible takeover

December 4, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based shopping mall owner is facing competition for General Growth from Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management Inc., which also has been buying up General Growth's debt.
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  3. In the first sentance "As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss are build quality & price." need a way to edit

  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

  5. Why are you so concerned about Ace hardware? I don't understand why anyone goes there! Every time ive gone in the past, they don't have what I need and I end up going to the big box stores. I understand the service aspect and that they try to be helpful but if they are going to survive I think they might need to carry more specialty parts.

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